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The Settings of Jane EyreThroughout Jane Eyre as Jane herself moves from one physical location toanother the settings in which she finds herself vary considerably Bronte makes the mostof this necessity by carefully arranging those settings to match the differingcircumstances Jane finds herself in at each As Jane grows older and her hopes anddreams change the settings she finds herself in are perfectly attuned to her state of mindbut her circumstances are always defined by the walls real and figurative around herAs a young girl she is essentially trapped in Gateshead This sprawling house isalmost her whole world Jane has been here for most of her ten years Her life as a childis sharply defined by the walls of the house She is not made to feel wanted within themand continues throughout the novel to associate Gateshead with the emotional trauma ofgrowing up under its hostile roof with a desperate and embittered heart Gateshead thefirst setting is a very nice house though not much of a home As she is constantlyreminded by John Reed Jane is merely a dependent hereWhen she finally leaves for Lowood as she remembers later it is with a sense ofoutlawry and almost of reprobation Lowood is after all an institution where the orphaninmates or students go to learn Whereas at Gateshead her physical needs were more thanadequately met while her emotional needs were ignored Here Jane finds people whowill love her and treat her with respect Miss Temple and Helen Burns are quite probablythe first people to make Jane feel important since Mr Reed died Except for Sundayservices the girls of Lowood never leave the confines of those walls At Lowood Janelearns that knowledge is the key to power By learning Jane earns greater respect andeventually she becomes a teacher there a position of relative power all the more socompared to what she left behind at Gateshead Jane stays inside the walls of Lowoodfor eight years She has learned a
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