Driven ill when Jane is older and impacts

Driven by the influence of many minor characters such as Mrs. Reed and Helen, Jane, in Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre,  has developed and grown up into the prestigious young woman she is. The overall story is about Jane progressing towards adulthood and her Bildungsroman. Starting the novel Jane is 10 years old and ending the novel she is around 18. These are the prime years of learning and developing in a person’s life and throughout them, she learned from many minor characters.First off, a childhood is very influential in the development of a person, it contributes to many of their traits as an adult. Jane’s parents died when she was very little and as a result, she was given to the Reeds, her aunt, uncle, and cousins. Jane liked Mr. Reed the best because he was the only one who treated her with kindness and appreciated her. Once he died she was left in the care of Mrs. Reed who tortured her because she wasn’t wealthy. Specifically who is caring for Jane most of the time, Mrs. Reed, doesn’t show her love and in the long run, this can be detrimental to the child. She thought she was a burden to have around and that she was a liar who deserved nothing. The only good thing that she did was send Jane to Lowood where she met another character who was detrimental to Jane’s growth as a character. These two characters, Mrs. Reed and Helen, influenced Jane, her beliefs, and even her personality traits  in unimaginable ways. Being in the care of Mrs. Reed for most of Jane’s childhood had made Jane develop some traits that she would use throughout the rest of the novel and while still in the care of Mrs. Reed. Before Mr. Reed passed, he made Mrs. Reed promise to keep Jane and take good care of her, however, she did not follow through on her promise. Mrs. Reed eventually ended up resenting Jane and as a result became a deceitful character for defying her husband’s dying wish. This inclination of Mrs. Reed to lie and be deceitful will later teach Jane to identify falsities in people and aversion to injustice. Additionally, Jane would often “wrongfully be accused of being a liar and a bad child” by Mrs. Reed (article 1). Because of this Jane had to learn to fight back and stand up for herself when wronged. Lastly, Mrs. Reed becomes ill when Jane is older and impacts her life again. Jane travels to her to get some closure with the poor old women who kept demanding to see her. She teaches Jane in the later chapters about Christian forgiveness and how important it is to not hold grudges. All throughout the story Jane was scarred by Mrs. Reed’s cruelty and always talked about hating her but she was called to see her one last time. She let go of all of her built up anger and had closure, another thing Mrs. Reed taught her.  Therefore, Mrs. Reed taught Jane important lessons before sending her off and even when she returned to her.Jane was finally granted to leave her horrid childhood to receive an education at Lowood. Here she met all new people who would change her life even more specifically she met her first best friend, Helen Burns. While in the book for only 40 pages, she imprints knowledge on Jane that she will use for the rest of her life. Helen’s stoic approach to her death “helps Jane accept hardship” (article 3). As Helen said,”sometimes you must bear the difficulties that you do not wish to bear, but sinfully think you cannot bear”. This also means that she must accept what happens and not complain about it. Additionally, Helen was also a good influence on Jane because of her spiritual strength. Janes faith will be tested and critical when Jane finds out that Mr. Rochester had a wife in the attic in a so-called insane asylum. Helens  ability to be so stoic, religious and, mature at a young age makes Jane aspire to be better. Jane entered Gateshead resenting the Reeds but upon leaving she has learned to be positive, religious and to control her feelings thanks to Helen.Along the journey of Jane’s childhood, she is influenced by Helen and Mrs. Reed and acquired traits from them that will become important in adulthood. They teach her vital lessons like standing up for yourself and being accepting. As a result, Jane’s character developed and became stronger.


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