The Development of Jane's Character from Passionate Child to Independent Woman

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The Development of Jane's Character from Passionate Child to Independent Woman

Jane's character changes immensely throughout the course of the novel.
In Victorian England, there were distinctive boundaries of social classes and I intend to study Jane's social elevation, from a destitute orphan to that of a beloved wife.

When Jane was a child her parents died and she was sent to Mr Reed, her late mother's brother.

"my own uncle - my mother's brother in his last moments he had required a promise of Mrs Reed that she would rear and maintain me as one of her own"

Her uncle died and she was left with Mrs Reed and her three cousins who all despised her. They only looked after her because of the promise to Mr Reed. It was
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Even though life at Lowood was harsh with little to eat, outbreaks of typhus and appalling conditions, Jane is still much happier. The harsh life experienced at school was very typical, especially at charity schools like Lowood.

"I would not now have exchanged Lowood with its privations for
Gateshead and its daily luxuries." Jane would rather be away at school than at Gateshead with her family who detested her.

At Lowood, the pupils were taught in small groups, this reflected teaching styles of Victorian times. At school, children were taught to learn things off by heart rather than thinking for themselves.

"taken her seat before a pair of globes, summoned the first class round her Repetitions in history, grammar &c., went on for an hour; more writing and arithmetic succeeded"

After six years at Lowood, Jane became a teacher. This was typical of women of Jane's class in Victorian society. "The only real options they had were to become a teacher, a governess, a seamstress, a wife or a prostitute" (taken form a secondary resource). Then after two happy years teaching, Jane 'advertised' herself in the local paper to become a governess. This was not common because it showed initiative and independence, which women were not supposed to show. It may also have left her open for unwelcome attention. She would take a position without knowing whom her employer would actually be other than by name. She knew that her

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