Essay about Jane Eyre

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What has Jane Eyre learnt at Lowood?

Importance of Education

Jane greets this new stage of her life with excitement, as it represents an escape from the family home where she has suffered such unhappiness. She has realised from an early age that for a poor and friendless girl like herself, life offers few possibilities: " ‘If I had anywhere else to go, I should be glad to leave it; but I can never get away from Gateshead till I am a woman’ " (chapter 3). Thus Mrs Reed, in her haste to be rid of the responsibility of a child she so dislikes, unwittingly hands Jane a priceless asset for the Victorian woman: an education.

Harsh Conditions at Lowood

Jane soon finds that the conditions at Lowood are unforgiving. The school is run
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why should I? I was sent to Lowood to get an education; and it would be of no use going away until I have attained that object’" (chapter 6). When Jane herself is made to stand on a stool for the day, she draws strength from Helen’s covert smiles and support.

Christian Forgiveness

While Jane is by nature too passionate to ever submit to the type of patient endurance Helen displays, she does learn much of love and forgiveness, qualities she has hitherto seen little of. Although Helen’s way of life is ultimately incompatible with Jane’s sense of justice and equality, we do see some of Helen’s spirit when Jane visits and forgives her dying Aunt Reed in chapter 21.
Helen soon dies, like many of the other pupils at Lowood: “That forest-dell, where Lowood lay, was the cradle of fog and fog- bred pestilence; which, quickening with the quickening spring, crept into the Orphan Asylum, breathed typhus through its crowded schoolroom and dormitory, and, ere May arrived, transformed the seminary into a hospital” (chapter 9).

A New Independence

Jane remains at Lowood for six more years as a student, and two more as a teacher. When Miss Temple leaves to get married, Jane decides it is time for a change, and her decision to place an advert in the paper and travel alone to work for a new employer marks the next chapter in Jane’s life: thanks to

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