Jane Eyre starts off this novel by going into her life when she was younger. The family she had been living with, the Reeds were not nice to her and just picked on her, especially John in one instance, where she even got punished and she had to stay in the red room. I felt very sorry for Jane, but we can see that she has a strong attitude, she defended herself but because she was young, and had enough, and was a burden to the Reeds she just got into more trouble. The Reeds do not let her forget that she is an orphan and lower than a servant since they say she does not pay for her room and is not thankful. Jane felt very out of place because she did not have a true home or family.
The red room at this point of Janes life is important. It was her uncles room; she does bring him up a couple of times, for example when she wants to stop thinking about him while she is locked in there and does not want his ghost to comfort her, and when she asks her aunt what he would think if he was still living. The color red is not known to be a calming color, it is deep, vivd, and can stand for a lot of things (love, danger, blood, etc.) and Jane was kind of having a panic attack so this room would not do her any better. But because Jane went into this room she began thinking and went through a trauma which later on leads her aunt to send her away. I think it was very evil for Mrs. Reed to put a child in a room where someone had died and lock her in. Although Jane is living with her rich, estranged family she is tormented. It is interesting how everyone antagonizes Jane and then scold her and lecture her about her behavior, and they do not see that is why she acted against them. She does not support what is not right.
Jane prefers to go to school than stay with the Reeds. She did not like the way Mrs. Reed described her to Mr. Brocklehurst because of course she was trying to make her look bad. All she had in their home was Bessie, who actual saw Jane as a child and respected her more than the others did. At Lowood Jane could not be the only one who gets into trouble she will have some type of equality with these girls because she will not be the only poor orphan, although Jane does not want to be poor and does not think that Lowood even looks appealing but she accepts it.
In other stories about poor orphans (Oliver Twist, Cinderella, Annie) they all are kind of saved by wealthy people from their bad living conditions, whereas in Jane Eyre she was already living with a wealthy family and could have had a decent life and education but she was looked down upon and not really considered their close family. She was freed from them by going into a maybe below average in Victorian times school. In these other stories these orphans go through obstacles which lead them into finding a better home. But in Jane Eyre she is really on her own and in a new environment where she has to start from the beginning and meet new people. There still are obstacles in Janes life from Lowood, like not being fed well but she is able to handle herself and makes friends. She is no longer what the spoiled Reeds pick on. One thing that this novel does have in common with other stories about poor orphans is the character of Bessie. She is the nice one and the understanding one who let’s Jane hold her hand when she thought she saw something in the red room, but she never crosses the line of being completely on Janes side because she has to keep her place (and job.) Stories like Jane Eyre, Oliver Twist, Annie, and Cinderella all take place in different time periods but there are characters who have effect their lives and look down on them because the don’t have their families.
Jane sounds like she is beginning to understand why her aunt was treating badly, she thinks they have different attitudes and temperments. Would things really be different if her uncle was living?