Why did Jane Eyre attack John Reed?  

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Jane Eyre, the poor relation disliked by her Aunt Reed, was exposed to daily abuse from John Reed for years. Her aunt, his doting mother, turned a blind eye to it and would do nothing to protect Jane from her spoiled, sadistic son. The servants saw what was going on but were afraid to interfere. Jane, four years younger and smaller than John, had no good way to defend herself from this older boy, so she tolerated the abuse. As...

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