Coming Of Age In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre is a coming of age story in the eighteen thirties England, that follows an orphan named Jane and how she develops and matures as a character throughout her life. She is empathetic and loving by nature, but is thrust into the rough world of the social class status. Since she was abandoned by the death of her parents, she has a need to feel loved and have support wherever she goes in life, which makes loneliness an everyday struggle. The themes that are prevalent throughout the entirety of the novel are endurance, courage, and rebellion. Jane develops as a character in Gateshead by enduring all the misfortunes in her life. She is stuck with her cold hearted aunt in law since her parents and uncle died, who treats her terribly and …show more content…
Why was I always suffering, always browbeaten, always accused, forever condemned? Why could I never please? Why was it useless to try to win anyone’s favor?”(21) She grew up in a kill or be killed environment in which she could never win. Jane wants to be an equal to people, she wants to be respected as an individual and to be treated fairly. This is not the case in most interactions with others because she is a lower class than most of the people she is surrounded by, this makes her quite provoked and saddened. Once she is moving away to Lowood, she finds the courage to tell Mrs.Reed what she thinks of her and how she could in fact ruin her reputation of a nice, caring lady by telling the stories of her

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