In the United States, more than 4 children die from child abuse and neglect on a daily basis. Over 70% of these children are below the age of 3. In the beginning of the novel, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, the reader can find that Jane is not in the best situation at that moment while at Gateshead. Jane has received bad treatment and been abused in different situations, she is treated like an outcast and she feels as if she does not belong, no one should have to feel that way. Jane soon figures out that she does not have any real and true family at Gateshead and she desires to leave, she receives her wish and gets sent to Lowood School where she finally finds a friend in Helen Burns. She likes it at Lowood much more than when she lived at Gateshead, but she can not go to school forever so she finds a job which takes us to our current setting that we will be looking at and analyzing in this essay, Thornfield Hall. The setting of a piece of literature is the time and place in which the story takes place. While at Thornfield Hall Jane finally learns to let herself go, to be herself throughout her whole life the only she has been taught or knows what to do is to obey. Jane gets a taste of freedom with the relationship between herself and Rochester which she loves. Although before Jane got to this point there were many obstacles in the way of her freedom. Also when I mention freedom I do not mean freedom as in for example being kept as a slave but more of a mental freedom, thinking she must obey and do certain things when she is actually in control of her own life. Thornfield to me, was easily the most important setting in the novel because Jane learns the most about herself while at Thornfield Hall. For example in chapter 18, Jane finds herself in a dilemma where she is still fighting her conscience which is telling her that she is not beautiful enough or wealthy enough to be with Rochester. Jane even draws a picture of herself and Blanche Ingram so that every time Jane thinks she is good enough to be with Rochester she just pulls out the drawings which makes Jane think that she is not good enough by simply comparing her looks to Blanche Ingrams. Although Jane is still locked in her own mental state of “she is not good enough” she soon finds out that she is good enough, that old default personality of not being good enough or not wealthy enough is long gone, Jane finds herself in a great position to marry Rochester and also gain some wealth by taking inheritance from her deceased uncle. This particular setting while at Thornfield Hall contributes to the overall plot by showing the reader that Jane has finally overcame one of her deepest fears, not being good enough. Throughout the rest of the book we find Jane different, she is almost more confident with everything she does, nothing can deter her and she can actually make decisions on her own with no other direction. This is a huge turning point in the novel as her character hits a major development point. While at Thornfield Hall Jane also meets Mr. Rochester, the owner of the Thornfield estate. This is a huge point in the novel since the two characters are arguably the most important in the entire book itself. While at Thornfield, she develops a strong relationship with Mr. Rochester, due to this relationship with Mr. Rochester, Jane gets treated with more respect and equality then she has ever had in past settings. Everything is also more grand than Jane has been used to in her past. She experiences emotions that she has never even has a taste of before her time at Thornfield Hall such as Jealousy, for example, her jealousy towards Blanche Ingram when Mr. Rochester and Ingram were planning on getting married. Jane also experiences the feeling of love and heartbreak. For example Jane experiences love when she falls for Mr. Rochester, but experiences heartbreak when she finds out that Mr. Rochester had already been married to Bertha Mason, the crazy lady on the top level at Thornfield Hall. Jane was forced to deal with the consequences of a problem that she was not even able to know about, although in the end her love to Mr. Rochester prevails and they do end up getting married. Jane goes through many ups and downs with her emotions while at Thornfield Hall thanks to Mr. Rochester. He makes Jane more happy then she has ever been before in her life, but makes Jane’s life very tough at times. This is huge to the overall plot of the book, because without it, Jane would have to relationship to Rocheser. This point sets up the rest of the book and makes the reader desperately want to find out what happens next. “I was a discord in Gateshead Hall; I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs. Reed, or her children, or her chosen vassalage. If they did not love me, in fact, as little did I love them…I know that, had I been a sanguine, brilliant, careless, exacting, handsome, romping child, though equally dependent and friendless, Mrs. Reed would have endured my presence more complacently; her children would have entertained for me more of the cordiality of fellow-feeling; the servants would have been less prone to make me the scape-goat of the nursery” (Bronte 46). This quote shows the reader that Jane was an outcast while at Gateshead, she was not loved and not treated anywhere near the other children, but to my point Jane has now found a way to get past that life of torture and move on to a much better and more healthy life with Mr. Rochester. In conclusion, the novel Jane Eyre had some major turning points throughout the entire book, but while at Thornfield Hall, Jane finds herself growing and becoming a better and more true form of herself. She finds love with Mr. Rochester and for the first time in her life explores it, and in the end it actually works out for her. Although Jane had a rough going in the beginning of her life, she has found a way to escape that old default life and move on to a much healthier life with her new relationship to Mr. Rochester. She is no longer trapped in the abusive, down looked upon circle she was once in, Jane is for sure in a much better spot and a lot of that has to do with the setting of Thornfield Hall.
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