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how does the places jane used to live come in play with the story

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Posted November 7, 2013 at 2:06 PM via web

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how does the places jane used to live come in play with the story

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coachingcorner | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Senior Educator

Posted November 7, 2013 at 3:17 PM (Answer #1)

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 Jane Eyre will always be haunted by her lonely troubled childhood but she is one of those people who pull through and make the best of a bad start.However, her origins come into play by making Jane watchful and wary and self-reliant. For example, one would think that she would grab the hand of a religious missionary in marriage as quick as she could in the situation she found herself in - but she doesn't. She would rather rely on her own integrity and wisdom than risk it on a man she does not love and is not sure of.

In her uncle's family Jane is scolded, excluded and often locked away alone in frightening circumstances - for example in the room where her uncle is said to have died. From this she learns the weakness of other people and not to trust them.However, the doctor finally convinces Jane's 'aunt' to send her to boarding school (Lowood.) Unfortunately staff have pre-judged her before she even arrives as they have heard she is 'deceitful.' After mistakenly breaking her slate she is humiliated in public, mocked and shamed by the headmaster. However, the story is influenced by other more positive experiences she goes through at that location (a comforting friend, a supportive teacher.) Jane is exonerated in public so learns things that will set her in good stead when we see her later - that there is a balancing kindness, charity and integrity in many,other, human beings. This gets her ready to be receptive to a good decent man when she finally meets one (Mr Rochester.)

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