Lowood in Jane Eyre

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Elain showalter said:
‘The lowood school where Jane is sent by her aunt is the penitentiary for which the red room was the tribunal. Lowood represents sexual diminishment and sensual discipline thee he girls are systematically starved and deprived of all sensory gratification

In 1824 both Charlotte & Emily attended the clergy daughter’s school at Cowan Bridge for 10 months. The recollection of childhood at this school forms the model of lowood institution which Jane attended for eight years in the novel Jane Eyre.

Jane is sent away by Mrs. Reed to lowood institution a boarding school for orphaned girls where the next battle of education us containment would occur. At lowood which was surrounded with walls so high as to exclude every glimpse of prospect’ Jane receives a scholastic education but is very much contained by strict discipline and lifestyle as well as harshness of Mrs. Scatchrd and the proprietor Mr. Brockelhurst.

Here she meets Helens burns another how in Jane’s story Helen burns name signifies that she is burning with a passion for heaven and her fate is to die of a fever Burns is based on Charlotte Bronte ‘s oldest sister Maria who died when she was twelve year old after contracting consumption at the clergy Daughters school. Like Helens Maria was known for the precocity of her thinking Mr. Bronte said that he could converse with Maria on any of the leading topics of the day with as much freedom and pleasure as with any grown up person

Like Jane Helen is a poor lonely child but her method of dealing with her problems contrasts to that of Jane. Jane is fascinated by Helen’s self possession which signals a depth of character that is new to her. The significant differences between them become apparent. While Jane is always read for fight against her enemies, Helens practices a doctrine of patient endurance . Although Helens accepts all punishment without a tear, the ‘spectacle’ of her friends suffering causes Jane to quiver with...
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