What is the significance of the 5W's (who, what, where, when, why) in Chapter 2 of Jane Eyre?The scene in which Mr. Lloyd talks to Jane about her realtives and going to school....

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The significance of the scene in Chapter 2 of Jane Eyre is that after Mr. Lloyd's caring and compassionate conversation with Jane--a conversation showing he understands her much better than her Aunt Reed does--possibilities for a new life open up for Jane. The "who" of the scene comprises Jane and Mr. Lloyd who talk about Jane's relatives and, indirectly, about her Aunt Reed.

The "what" of the scene is Mr. Lloyd's effort to find a healthful alternative for Jane's present deplorable situation. The "where" is a room in Aunt Reed's house where Mr. Lloyd is having a private conversation with Jane, who has become his patient.

The "when" is following the horrible event Jane lived through in which she was confined in an unpleasant room, an event that led to Jane's illness, which necessitated Mr. Lloyd's medical apothecary attention. The "why" is as Mr. Lloyd says, ""The child ought to have change of air and scene...nerves not in a good state."

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