Self-Individualism In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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The novel Jane Eyre provides a theme of finding self-individualism, by going beyond the boundaries of the female reach. Jane Eyre commences the novel arriving at Gateshead as an orphan child who was left with her Aunt Mrs. Reed who deeply dislikes and neglects her. As Jane Eyre arrives at Gateshead the weather is being depicted “the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so somber, and rain so penetrating, that further out –door exercise was now out of question” (Bronte 8). By delineating the weather as being cold and raining, the setting is conveyed as melancholy and offers a dreary mood. The setting foreshadows the future occurrence that will take place at Gates Head. Jane Eyre has three cousins in Gateshead, who are Georgianna Reed, Eliza Reed and John Reed who treat her horrible especially John Reed as Jane Eyre proclaims, “ He bullied me and punished me not two or three times in the week, nor once or twice in the day but continually: every nerve I had feared him…” (Bronte 9). Jane Eyre being in the Gateshead was paranoid to be near John Reed. “Mrs. Reed was blind and deaf on the subject she never saw him strike or heard him abuse me…” (Bronte 9). Jane could not have turned to Mrs. Reed to tell her that her son bullied her because she would simply not believe her. Jane could not say anything to anyone in Gateshead Hall because it would not…show more content…
Mrs. Reed sends Jane to Lowood. The setting of Lowood Institute was gloomy full of grief, acceptance, and friendship. She meets her first close friend Helen Burns who is a foil to Jane because Helen is conveyed as a conformist, but on the other hand Jane she does not let herself be pushed around at Lowood. At Lowood Institute the students were dying, and sadly Helen was one of them. Jane experiences the loss of her friend but learns quickly to accept the death of her
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