Jane Eyre: Autobiography
Once I began to read this autobiography, I was sucked in right away. The compelling story of Jane Eyre’s early childhood life had brought me close to tears and also brought me great frustration. We learned that Jane’s parents have died from a sickness at young ages with her mother catching it from her father. Luckily Mrs. Reed took her in to her big mansion with her children. You might think that this was a blessing for Jane but to her, it was a living hell. Mrs. Reed told Jane’s mother and father that she would raise her like one of her own children but from what I’ve read, nothing proves that. She was heavily abused by a boy named John. He verbally and physically abused her from the beginning of the day till she went to bed. One instance in her autobiography states that John threw a book at her head and gashed her head open leading to blood dripping down her neck. When Mrs. Reed came down to see what the commotion was about, Jane was to blame for everything even though she was the one that got hurt. It made me wonder if John was punished at all for making her bleed because nothing was written about it. For her punishment she was sent into “The Red Room”. This is the room where Mr. Reed died and when Jane was in there, she claimed that she saw his ghost. Mrs. Reed and her children did nothing about it and she was falsely accused again of making up stories when she was actually seeing things. So she was forced to stay in the room where she eventually cried herself to sleep. Keep in mind that Jane Eyre is only ten years old. A ten year old should not be treated like this because it will scare her for life and she will potentially live in fear her whole life. One day everything all changed. She was offered the chance to go to school which made her excited and gave her a sense of a life after all. On the day she actually found out that she was going to school, she finally got up the courage to tell Mrs. Reed how much she hated her and that she would never be remembered as a good aunt. When Jane was blowing up at Mrs. Reed I was surprised that Mrs. Reed did not tell Jane that she was going to school anymore and that she would have to be tortured at her house for the rest of her childhood. Instead she tried sucking up to her by even asking her if she needed anything. She never treated Jane like this before which shocked me. Jane also obtained more confidence with this argument because it was the first one she had ever won. She had finally told Mrs. Reed off, that had to be the best feeling in the world besides the fact that she would never see her again after she went to school because she would be grown up. Her life hit a changing point when she knew she was going to be enrolled into Lowood school.