What is the importance of motherhood in Jane Eyre?

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For much of the novel, motherhood is extremely important because of the absence of a mother in Jane’s life. Given her status as an orphan, she lacks both parents, but her lack of a mother is shown as particularly poignant. Her aunt Mrs. Reed, a woman who should be serving as a substitute mother figure, utterly fails to care for Jane, treats her very cruelly, and sends her away to a horrible school.

At Lowood, Jane’s search for appropriate adult female role models is only partially fulfilled by Miss Temple. While she...

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