Essay about Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bornte

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From an early age Jane is aware she is at a disadvantage, yet she learns how to break free from her entrapment by following her heart. Jane appears as not only the main character in the text, but also a female narrator. Being a female narrator suggests a strong independent woman, but Jane does not seem quite that.
When we first meet Jane she is a young and orphaned girl with little self-confidence and hope of feelings a sense of belonging and self worth. It is unfair that Jane already feels lonely and desperate in such a cruel world as it is. Jane is open with her thoughts during her narration, “…humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John, and Georgiana Reed” (Bronte 7). Jane already feels as though she
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I must dislike those who, whatever I do to please them, persist in liking me; I must resist those who punish me unjustly. It is as natural as that I should love those who show me affection, or submit to punishment when I feel it is deserved. (Bronte 44).

If Jane is able to forgive and forget than she will be able to better cope with the awful treatment she has had to deal with and be closer to becoming “free”. The next location we see Jane being entrapped is at Lowood. Lowood is a very stringent all girls school and here Jane finds herself still in a bad place. She is still being abused at the school by various people but mostly by the headmaster Mr. Brockelhurst. Jane is eager to learn and learning provides a sort of freedom. However, Jane feels lesser than many of her peers because she is unaware of many things they are learning about, “They conversed of things I had never heard of; of nations and times past; of countries far away: of secrets of nature discovered or guessed at: they spoke of books: how many they had read! What stores of knowledge they possessed! (Bronte 55). Jane is excited by the potential knowledge she is about to gain, but once again second guesses herself and if she is capable of the material, leaving her entrapped once again. Jane realizes she is not being treated how she should be at Lowood and it is not a healthy environment despite the education aspect and she uses her free will to apply

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