How would you describe Mrs. Reed in Jane Eyre? Is she a likable woman?
Mrs. Reed is a vain, selfish, and abusive woman. The narrator describes her as having an eye "devoid of truth," which naturally turns the reader against her as a false and devious character. She spoils her children and enables their tyrannical behavior towards young Jane Eyre. She denies Jane the basic love and respect owed to any child, particularly a relative. Not only does Mrs. Reed lock Jane Eyre in a room where her beloved...
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