The Captured In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre is underestimated because people see how alone and poor she is and they do not notice her virtues. Furthermore, the Reed family does not see her as family but as a servant, therefore she has fewer rights of acting freely in their home according to Mrs.Reed and John Reed: “‘You have no business to take our books; you are a dependant, mama says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not to live here with gentlemen's children like us.’”(Brontë 8). Jane is an orphan and is treated as a dependant or a person who relies on another person’s support. The action taken by John Reed makes Jane feel anger and she is punished for standing up for herself. Equally important, when Jane tells Mrs.Reed she wants an education Jane gets it, but Mrs.Reed shows the hatred and cruelty she has towards Jane: “‘Mr.Brocklehurst, I believe I intimated in the letter which I wrote to you three weeks ago, that this little girl has not quite the character and disposition I could wish: should you admit her into Lowood school, I should be glad if the superintendent and teachers were requested to keep a strict eye on her, and above all, to guard her against her worst fault, a tendency to deceit.’”(27,28).…show more content…
She is setting a bad expectation for her when she tells Mr.Brocklehurst about her, which shows her hatred towards Jane. Despite all the terrible treatment Jane had received, she went back to Gateshead to visit her aunt in her deathbed where she described her hatred towards Jane and said the Mr.Reed tried to get his children “‘friendly to the little

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