In the novel Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, Jane lives in
Three different places which greatly affect her life. The first place
Jane stays is Gateshead Hall. She then goes to live at Lowood School.
From Lowood Jane proceeds on to Thornfield Hall.
The first place Jane stays is Gateshead Hall. While at Gateshead, Jane
is treated unfairly and is punished for things she did not do. After
the death of Jane's parents, her uncle, Mr. Reed brought Jane into his
house. On her uncle's deathbed Mrs. Reed promises to treat Jane like
one of her own children. Jane's aunt, Mrs. Reed, does not like Jane
and has a very hard time doing this. She feels Jane was forced upon
her family after the death of her parents. Against her husband's
request, Mrs. Reed does not treat Jane like a human being and is
constantly criticizing and punishing her.
In one example Jane was keeping to herself, reading a book when her
cousin John Reed decided to annoy her. "You have no business to take
our books; you are a dependant, mama says; you have no money; your
father left you none; you ought to beg, and not to live here with
gentlemen's children like us, and eat the same meals we do, and wear
clothes at our mama's expense." John then grabbed the book and threw
it at her knocking her down and cutting her on the head, which bled
and was very painful. Mrs. Reed then punished Jane by sending her into
the red room, the room her uncle died in, for the entire night. While
in the red room Jane became terrified and thought she saw or heard the
flapping of wings. The treatment Jane received caused her to become
bitter and to truly dislike Mrs. Reed. "I am not deceitful: if I were,
I should say I loved you, but I declare I do not love you: I dislike
you the worst of anybody in the world except John Reed, and this book
about the liar, you may give to your girl, Georgiana, for it is she
who tells lies and not I."