Jane’s Early Life

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Reflection and Comment

Throughout her early life (and much of the beginning of the novel), Jane Eyres life is not particularly happy. An orphan, her aunt and uncle treat her horribly, and her cousin goes out of his way to make Janes life miserable. Her departure from her abusive household replaces her immediate surroundings with the bleakly grim reality of Lowood, a public charity institution for orphaned girls.

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There, she befriends a girl named Helen Burns, a figure who I strongly believe resembles a strong cross between Jesus Christ and a matronly figure. When humiliated by Miss Satcherd in front of her class, she neither wept nor blushed: composed, though grave, she stood, the central mark of all eyes””. (73) Helen, who is often used as a scapegoat for many teachers, is one of the strongest advocates and practitioners of turning the other cheek. Unlike Jane, who has been taught that the world is a cold and cruel place, and should be treated as such, Helen sincerely believes in accommodating her tormentors. She bears the humiliation and pain, comforted by the fact that she will be awarded posthumously by the Lord. She teaches Jane about kindness and shows her friendship. She takes care of Jane, and her selflessness and sense of generosity extends as far as her deathbed. When dying of consumption(disease), she offers Jane her blanket because Jane may need it more. Even in death, she is serene and confident in the pearly gates opening before her. Finally, the most obvious allusion to Christ on the part of Bronte is Helens tombstone- unnoticeable, simple, and with the Latin text: Resurgam. I rise again.

Representation and Comment #2

The story of Jane Eyre could be considered similar to any Victorian tale of stuffy,

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