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Lowood - Jane Eyre
Transcript of Lowood - Jane Eyre
Man vs Self
Man vs Nature
Man vs Man
Jane vs. Her Past/Memories
Jane Eyre vs. Aunt Reed
Mr. Brocklehurst vs. Students
Miss Scatcherd vs. Helen Burns
Jane vs. Mr. Brocklehurst/humiliation
Things to Think About
Do you think that Lowood was an overall positive or negative experience for Jane?
Do you think that the circumstances that Jane went through at Lowood changed her personality? If so, how?
Do you think that without her stay at Lowood, Jane would have had the life she did?
Man vs Society
Jane Leaves from Gateshead to Lowood
Lowood school is based to some extent on the Bronte sisters experiences at Cowan Bridge School, where they were often feed burnt porridge or told to wash with frozen water.
"Then learn from me, not to judge by appearances: I am, as Miss Scatcherd said, slatternly; I seldom put, and never keep, things in order; I am careless; I forget rules; I read when I should learn my lessons; I have no method; and sometimes I say, like you, I cannot bear to be subjected to systematic arrangements. This is all very provoking to Miss Scatcherd who is naturally neat, punctual, and particular." - 64, Helen
Helen vs. Illness
Students vs. Poor Living Conditions
The character of Helen Burns was heavily influenced by Charlotte's sister Maria Bronte who died at age eleven after falling ill to consumption at school. Maria's demeanor also resembles Helen's she was said to be very calm, thoughtful, and mature for her age.
Mr. Brockelhurst is based off of the head of Cowan Bridge School, William Carus Wilson.
A friendship begins to develop between Helen and Jane.
Jane begins her studies at Lowood.
Jane vs. Class Structure
"I have a Master to serve whose kingdom is not of this world: my mission is to mortify in these girls the lusts of the flesh; to teach them to clothe themselves with shame-facedness and sobriety, not with braided hair and costly apparel; and each of the young persons before us has a string of hair twisted in plaits which vanity itself might have woven: these, I repeat, must be cut off; think of the time wasted, of -" 73, Mr. Bocklehurst
Helen falls ill and dies of consumption (Tuberculosis).
Jane finishes her studies and becomes a teacher at Lowood
"While the direction was being executed, the lady consulted moved slowly up the room. I suppose I have a considerable organ of veneration, for I retain yet the sense of admiring awe with which my eyes traced her steps. Seen now, in broad daylight, she looked tall, fair, and shapely; brown eyes with a benignant light in their irids, and a fine pencilling of long lashes round, relieved the whiteness of her large front; on each of her temples her hair, of a very dark brown, was clustered in round curls, according to the fashion of those times, when neither smooth bands nor long ringlets were in vogue; her dress, also in the mode of the day, was of purple cloth, relieved by a sort of Spanish trimming of black velvet; a gold watch (watches were not so common then as now) shone at her girdle. Let the reader add, to complete the picture, refined features; a complexion, if pale, clear; and a stately air and carriage, and he will have, at least, as clearly as words can give it, a correct idea of the exterior of Miss Temple - Maria Temple, as I afterwards saw the name written in a prayer-book intrusted to me to carry to church." - 55, Jane
Mr. Brockelhurst's power is limited after his treatment of the students is revealed, and life improves at Lowood.
Search for Acceptance
Views on Class
Views on Religion
Role of Independence
& Self Reliance
Throughout this section Jane grew from a young passionate girl to an independent young woman.
Confessions to Helen Burns page 79.
Lowood's Relgious Views Page 55
Helen's humility (p.63)
Brocklehurst's severity (p.73)
Jane doesn't accept either (p.65)
The importance of being able to depend on yourself
Symbolism: Cold Porridge, Brocklehurst = Victorian Society
Jane is being viewed as a burden because she is poor.
Inequality between students and the Brocklehurst women
Irony of his views