Chapter seven sees Jane slightly more experienced to the ways of Lowood School. She has come to accept the poor conditions laid down by Mr. Brocklehurst, however has not yet learnt to ignore them and Bronte describes Jane suffering a lot in this chapter. This lack of food and appalling living conditions are down to the head of the school, Mr. Brocklehurst. This man uses his apparent strong beliefs in Christianity as an excuse to provide the children of Lowood with the absolute bare minimum. Brocklehurst claims his "mission is to mortify in these girls the lusts of the flesh", presenting the idea that perhaps Brocklehurst is simply a man that has a immensely firm grasp of his beliefs and has made it his "mission" in life to enlighten others into the ways of christianity.
This idea is however proved corrupt with the entrance of his three daughters. They are described as "splendidly attired in velvet, silk and furs", which brings an immense sense of hypocrisy down onto the impression the reader gets of Mr. Brocklehurst, and suddenly his doctrine of privation is for the first time exposed as a possible method of stealing from the school to support his seemingly luxurious lifestyle.
Brocklehurst enters chapter seven with an aura of fear about him, and Jane states that she "recognized almost instinctively that gaunt outline", presenting him as a predator. The use of the word "instinctively" gives the situation an animalistic feel, and the whole school fear this predator. He is described as taking "a long stride [which] measured the school room", suggesting that he is observing the room quietly, and when he is described as a "black column" the atmosphere becomes increasingly ominous and forboding.
Bronte introduces an interesting theme here. Jane describes Brocklehurst as "looking longer, narrower and more rigid than ever" and it is later revealed that Mr. Brocklehurst