The book first starts by explaining to us, the dismal life Jane Eyre has with her relatives, especially a cousin named John (if your a Harry Potter fan think Dudley, but meaner). After, she leaves her relatives, the circumstances are better, but not by much. However, it gradually improves until she is a governess. She likes her new residence and her charge, Adele. Everything seems fine, but somehow I get the feeling that not everything will be roses for long in this book. This might be one of those books that while it is good, at the same time it is a tad depressing, which will be a theme throughout the book. Only time will tell though if I am right.
It was asked; What was the most noticeable thing about Jane?
Jane was a outspoken child who did not have any problem speaking her mind, which during that time period and her station in life, was not received very well. This was the first thing that I most noticed about her, not that it is necessarily a bad trait, but one does need to be mindful of when to keep their opinions to themselves sometimes. I think it would have saved her some trouble, this doesn't excuse the actions of her relatives though. I think Bessie at sometimes, and certainly people at Lowood tried to show her that such as Helen and Miss Temple. Children, especially poor orphans, were usually not treated kindly throughout history, especially during this time period. I think the book tries to show that in various ways.