LOWOOD - The second stage of Jane Eyre's life takes her to the Lowood. In this journey she is predestined for failure. Mrs. Reed sends her out to the charity school by herself and assigns Mr. Brocklehearst to inform the faculty that she is a liar. Her time at Lowood is meant to break her will instead of elevate her.
Jane Eyre is cast out without a second thought. Mrs. Reed does not care for her well being only that she leaves the estate to go live her life somewhere else. "The child is very young to be sent alone," it is stated in the book.
Mrs. Reed evidently cares not for the well being of Eyre because she sends her out on "hundreds of miles" by herself. When Eyre finally arrives at Lowood she finds a plethora of young girls that turn out to be orphans. The school runs on charity and the children there are "chariy-children."
The school itself is a disease ridden asylum. "That forest-dell, where Lowood lay, was the cradle of fog and fog-bred pestilence; which, quickening with the quickening spring, crept into the Orphan Asylum, breathed typhus," Jane wrote.
In the face of death, Jane Eyre is not called home unlike how Mrs. Reed quickly called John home because she feared for his health. "Mama had taken him home for a month or two, 'on account of his delicate health,'" Jane wrote.
It is at Lowood that Jane Eyre faces death and breakdown all alone. However she uses Lowood as a way to grow. She spends her time as a student for six years and then as a teacher for two.
For Jane Eyre, Lowood was meant to be an obstacle. Eyre however, tackled the obstacle head on and climbed her way up the ranks and out of the dim, unhopefuly place.