Injustices Of Jane Eyre Essay

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Readers are exposed to the different reactions of Jane, Helen, and Miss Temple to injustice. In Charlotte Brontë’s novel, Jane Eyre, there is a great deal of injustice done to these three characters. Jane suffers with injustice throughout her lifetime, from Mrs. Reed’s abuse to Mr. Brocklehurst’s false accusations. She finds it hard to ignore it and always wants to take revenge. Although Helen also suffers from injustice in Lowood, she does not take action because she believes that justice will be found in G-d’s ultimate judgment. Miss Temple, a teacher at Lowood, is a great role model to the girls at Lowood. If injustice is done to her students, she will stand in their defense and only look at the good. Jane, Helen, and Miss Temple all respond to injustices in different ways at different times.
Jane, the main character in this novel, is forced to contend with oppression, inequality, and hardship throughout her youth. Mrs. Reed’s son, John, abuses Jane for no good reason and Jane gets punished for defending herself for she cannot stand the injustice being done to her. Mrs. Reed then sends her off to Lowood and before Jane leaves, she tells her aunt that she will spread her bad reputation to anyone who asks her how her aunt treated her. This defense made by Jane proves that she cannot endure the injustice without fighting back and taking revenge. At 10 years old, Jane travels to Lowood to go to school. There, she meets Helen Burns, who becomes her best friend. When Mr. Brocklehurst announces to the whole school that Jane is a deceitful person and a liar, Jane cannot stand the unfairness being done to her. Helen calms her down by giving her advice that goes like this: “Jane says to Helen, ‘And if I were in your place I should dislike her, I should resist her, if she struck me with that rod, I should get it from her hand, I should break it under her nose.’ Which Helen answers by saying, ‘Probably you would do nothing of the sort: but if you did, Mr. Brocklehurst would expel you from the school, that would be a great grief to your relations. It is better to endure patiently a smart which nobody feels but yourself, than to commit a hasty action whose evil consequences will extend to all connected with you, and, besides, the bible bids us return good for evil’” (Brontë 47). Jane's resolution, firmness and tenacity are seen in the way she tries to overcome the oppression...

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