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Throughout Jane Eyre as Jane herself moves from one physical location to another the settings in which she finds herself vary considerably Bronte makes the most of this necessity by carefully arranging those settings to match the differing circumstances Jane finds herself in at each As Jane grows older and her hopes and dreams change the settings she finds herself in are perfectly attuned to her state of mind but her circumstances are always defined by the walls real and figurative around her As a young girl she is essentially trapped in Gateshead This sprawling house is almost her whole world Jane has been here for most of her ten years Her life as a child is sharply defined by the walls of the house She is not made to feel wanted within them and continues throughout the novel to associate Gateshead with the emotional trauma of growing up under its hostile roof with a desperate and embittered heart Gateshead the first setting is a very nice house though not much of a home As she is constantly reminded by John Reed Jane is merely a dependent here When she finally leaves for Lowood as she remembers later it is with a sense of outlawry and almost of reprobation Lowood is after all an institution where the orphan inmates or students go to learn Whereas at Gateshead her physical needs were more than adequately met while her emotional needs were ignored Here Jane finds people who will love her and treat her with respect Miss Temple and Helen Burns are quite probably the first people to make Jane feel important since Mr Reed died Except for Sunday services the girls of Lowood never leave the confines of those walls At Lowood Jane learns that knowledge is the key to power By learning Jane earns greater respect and eventually she becomes a teacher there a position of relative power all
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