Education in Jane Eyre

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Throughout the novel of “Jane Eyre” we see the theme of education been used by Bronte to convey the hostile and rootless life of Jane, as she goes on a journey of experience. The novel “Jane Eyre” provides an accurate view of education in nineteenth-century England. The course of Jane’s Life in regard to her own education and her work in education are largely autobiographical, mirroring Charlotte Bronte’s own life. At the beginning of the novel Jane educates herself as she reads, “I returned to my book Bewick’s History of British Birds”, this reading gives Jane a sense of escapism from the Reed family’s harsh treatment towards Jane. This form of education also allows Jane to explore her imagination. At Gateshead, Jane is constrained by the form of education afflicted upon her by the Reed’s, she is educated to be humble and obedient, this is illustrated through her subservient character, “silence! This violence is all most repulsive.” By Mrs Reed telling Jane to “silence”, conveys that her aunt wants Jane to know her dependency, inferior status, and her little rights. The Reed family use hegemonic control upon Jane, to educate her to be submissive. This informal form of education places constraints upon Jane, as the authority of her aunt and cousins restricts her. Jane is indoctrinated, and is made to feel inferior to the Reed’s. An example of the verbal abuse Jane receives is when John Reed calls her the derogatory name “Rat!” She is extremely class conscious and is constantly reminded of her dependency, this indoctrination makes Jane know her place and her rights. Bronte uses this informal education that Jane endures to convey the harsh treatment that Jane goes through mentally and physically. Jane suffers social exclusion at Gateshead, and is ostracized by the Reed family; this segregation contributes in educating her to become a passive character, as she
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