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Jane Eyre: Lowood
Transcript of Jane Eyre: Lowood
Ria Jain Settings Jane's Maturation Jane's Maturation, ctd. -Miss Temple: mother figure & role model to Jane
-Jane is no longer alone.
-After suffering for years from brutality,
Jane is taught importance of education and decency. -Charity school for orphan children
-Run by Mr. Brocklehurst
-Dreary conditions = big change for Jane Eyre
o Institute- prison
o finds warmth in people, not places.
- Reference to a school located in Norwood, England.
- The many rooms was characteristic of the schools at these times.
- Historical evidence of an epidemic at these schools.
- Lowood - Cowan Bridge school Bronte’s sister attended.
-Burnt porridge, called“charity children”, and washed in cold water. Ilam Hall, Ashbourne, United Kingdom
Representation of Lowood School in
Jane Eyre TV series on PBS. -Before Lowood, Jane's maturation:
o Education is more important than pastime.
o Accepts authority
-Aquires an older friend and later adopts her ways (Helen is more experienced and mature)
-Helen Burns: A big part of her maturation
“Life appears too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs”
-Jane: not sensitive to others' opinions of her and independent.
-No need for love by others or approval from peers, where before, for example, student's opinions of her after Mr. Brocklehurst's accusations upsetted her.
-Jane Eyre seeks a career as a governess after the deaths of her only friends, Miss Temple and Helen Burns.
-Moves up in social class. (Unapproved- Victorian viewpoint) Jane Eyre (2011)- clip Jane Eyre
Lowood ·Religious “temple” for Jane-need of guidance while attending a Christian school.
·Role model and a teacher-figure for Jane
-Bessie, who rather serves as a mother-figure.
-Knowledge, empathy, and also influences her career choice to teach and instruct others.
-When Miss Temple leaves Lowood, Jane leaves soon afterwards. Function of Miss Temple Jane Eyre(1983)- Miss Temple Onomastics -Jane Eyre:
-her name includes both her first name and last name signifies her search for independence.
-"Eyre" is similar to the French word "errer", which means to wander, which Jane does from Gateshead to Lowood to Thornsfield in search of a home.
-"ire" - Her desire to seek justice for brutal treatment by Mr. Brocklehurst is quenched by Miss Temple and Helen Burns. -Miss Temple:
-"temple"- religious haven for Jane Eyre
-Place for Jane Eyre to seek peace and inspiration
-Instructors believe she will "burn" in hell
-Helen Burns > Hel en Burns > Burns en Hel >
Burns in Hell
-Irony- a bright afterlife.
-Furthermore, "Hel" - Greek root for light (Helen of Troy- torch)
-A light and source of inspiration to Jane Eyre.
-"Burns" - fire burning
-Helen Burns- perservance throughout suffering.
-Destruction by fire
-Removal of Jane Eyre's impurities
-Ironically, does not rebel against her punishments. Onomastics, ctd. -Ms. Scatcherd- very rough name similar to her violent and unfair punishments toward Helen Burns.
-Mr. Brocklehurst- bitter and tough name > brutal and unreasonable behavior toward lower class pupils at Lowood.
-Lowood - "low" + "wood"
o dark and gloomy place
o "low" -lower class and low expectations
o "wood" - easy to burn > more anger and ire. Onomastics, ctd. -Helen Burns: religious self-sacrifice
oCharles I: martyr
oLeads to Jane's maturation
-Daughters of Mr. Brocklehurst
oSocial double standards
oBrings up the idea that audience is unaware of Jane Eyre's position in society.
-Food at Lowood:
onourishment Vs. deprivation
oRelgious viewpoint: spiritual deprivation=hunger
oMeans of Characterization: Brocklehurst (burnt porridge) vs. Miss Temple (bread & butter)
oMiss Temple: Comfort and education
oHelen Burns: Control over actions Symbolism -Fire and Ice Imagery
>In Miss Temple’s room: kindness, emotional warmth
>Literal weather: Jane’s persistent unhappiness at Lowood
>Sickness and death
>Depression Symbolism, ctd. -Biblical Allusions: Helen (Christ figure) vs. Brocklehurst (Satan)
>suffers and dies as a martyr. (Charles I) Does not approve of Mr. Brocklehurst's relgious practices but does not act out.
>Juxtaposition to Jane
>Seperated in Lowood
>Complete devotion to God and afterlife
>Helps Jane survive the brutality of Brocklehurst
>Resists temptations to resist against Lowood and tolerates punishments.
>Rasselas: satisfaction is impossible for humans
>Bronte's viewpoint on what religion should be about. Allusions Allusions, ctd. -Mr. Brocklehurst
o Closest to a satanic figure
o Religious in that he strictly follows Bible, but does not embody "grace of the gospel."(10th Presbyterian Church)
o Brings physical and emotional hardship
o Denies affection/care.
o Hypocritical behavior
> Facade- good. Reality- evil.
o Not very Christian in that he does not stress the idea of love and mercy.
>"Love thy neighbor.."
>Discipline and cruelty
o Distinguishes between social classes
>Lower people should be more humble to reach God. -Juxtaposition of Brocklehurst’s actions
-Both Helen Burns and Mr. Brocklehurst are religious, but they behave extremely different religiously.
Religious piety/submission [Helen Burns] Vs. Religious radicalism [Mr. Brocklehurst]
Helen: example of Christ
o Suffers for others' sins.
o Awaits death and afterlife
o Faithful without a doubt to God and afterlife
o Applies religion to her life
o Religion=weapon :emphasize class distinctions
o hypocrisy of beliefs and personal life
o Violent treatment towards those who are wicked.
o Bronte’s criticism of Victorian beliefs Helen vs. Brocklehurst -Jane Eyre
o explores the extremes of Christianity through Mr. Brocklehurst and Helen Burns
o constantly searching to learn or to teach
-Miss Temple: role model to Jane.
o Haven from Mr. Brocklehurst and harsh teachers at Lowood
o Both a teacher figure and a mother figure.
>Devout Calvinist, but his teaching and disciplinary methods are heavily influenced by his twisted beliefs.
>Inherited the school from his mother, and leaves the girls to be half-starved and freezing.
>Words don’t match with his actions.
-Helen: Christ figure
>Most religious yet is called most-demon like by teachers in Lowood.
>Foil for Brocklehurst
>Accepts punishment and a more spiritual way of living.
-Miss Scatcherd: Most vicious teacher (excluding Mr. Brocklehurst)
>Extremely critical Character Functions Jane Eyre (1997) - Mr. Brocklehurst Jane Eyre (1997)-Lowood -Victorian theme: mistreatment for no reason.
-Freedom (Miss Temple & Helen Burns) vs. Imprisonment (Harsh discipline)
-Independence - forges own path
-Gender Conflict - Miss Temple & Helen Burns
-Jane's personal development Thematic Ideas/Motifs Why is the setting of Lowood important? BONUS QUESTION Name Greek figure that is most similar to Helen Burns and the importnace of her name. BONUS QUESTION! Who or What does Helen Burns symbolize? How? BONUS QUESTION! The End! Jane Eyre (2011) Trailer