Comparing Jane Eyre And Billy Casper

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Comparing Jane Eyre and Billy Casper

Jane Eyre and Billy Casper are similar, yet very different children. I
am going to compare their similarities and differences. The issues
that I will concentrate on are their home lives and their treatment by
people.

Jane, 10 year old lives in a mansion with her aunt Mrs Reed and her
children. The family are extremely wealthy. "A small breakfast room
adjoined the drawing room". As we are told that the family has a
breakfast room, we assume that Jane has her own room, which
demonstrates that Jane is entitled to privacy. The notion of Jane
having her own privacy is further reinforced when we are told at the
start of the novel that she is walking in a big garden. "Wandering in
the leafless shrubbery." She has servants at her disposal. "Miss Abbot
had left me." In those days it required some people who were very
wealthy or well off in order to have servants and therefore this is
another indication that the Reed family were very wealthy. In her
addition to that, Jane has access to books in her spare time.
"Returning to my book." We also know that Jane is educated and can
read. All these things would suggest that Jane is a happy 10 year old
as she has the amenities she requires such as food, privacy, warmth,
education etc. We read on the first page that Mrs Reed is sitting on a
sofa. "She lay reclined on a sofa by the fireside, and with her
darlings about her" This brings in the issue of warmth and we learn
that the house is warm compared to Billy's, which isn't.

However is far from content as she lacks one indispensable thing every
child needs and that is love. Nobody loved or cared Jane. "They did
not love me." Right at the end of the first page of the novel, Mrs
Reed leads the way with her antipathy towards Jane. "Be seated
somewhere, and until you can speak pleasantly remain seated." This
suggests that Jane was not treated as a member of the family and was
treated as an outsider. Also it demonstrates the harsh environment
Jane had to exist in where even Mrs Reed who was responsible for
Jane's upbringing was cruel towards her. She lived in a good house and
had more than the basic amenities but financially, Jane had nothing.
Jane's parents had died when she was very young, virtually leaving
Jane with nothing. Mrs Reed had promised her husband before he
breathed his last that she would look after Jane. Other than what was
given to her by the Reed family, Jane possessed nothing of her own and
therefore it made her "a dependant" as said by John Reed on the Reed
family.

In contrast 15 year old Billy lives in a small house with his mom and
his brother Jud. He does not have the same wealth, food and privacy as
Jane. Billy is poor and as a result his house and the area is very
dirty. "Darkness of gritty texture." The word 'Gritty' suggests...

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