Posted by Luisa on September 22, 1997 at 05:18:52:
In response to Confession time - can't put it down..., written by Susie on September 21, 1997 at 20:43:48
] The positive characters of Helen Burns and Miss Temple provide a necessary balance to the grim picture of childhood deprivation and callous treatment that Jane suffers in the Read household and at Lowood. It would otherwise be scarcely credible that she retains her spirit, even optimism, and capacity to feel love and affection.
Yes, Miss Temple is also important in that she represents a positive figure in the grownup world, something Jane´s had no experience of. Also she encourages Jane in her studies, as a means to cultivate her talents and at the same time,
get away from her grim reality (as best she can). Of course her studies are also important in that they´ll earn her a living later.
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