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How Single Events Propel a Child from Innocence into Adulthood

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How Single Events Propel a Child from Innocence into Adulthood

To show how single events or experiences propel a child form innocence

into adulthood, I shall use the following texts, "Jane Eyre" a novel

by Charlotte Bront, "The Flowers" a short story by Alice Walker, "The

Stolen Party" a short story by Liliana Heker, "The Lesson" a poem by

Edward Lucie-Smith and finally "Diana, Her True Story-In Her own

words" an autobiography by Andrew Morton.

Childhood is a muddled time where children are oblivious to what goes

on in the surrounding environment, they think that everything is good

and safe and are just unaware of the reality. Children generally learn

the truth from their actions, parents, and sometimes it is a single

event, which will be remembered from that moment on, to open their

eyes to the real world. I am going to show how this change in a person

occurs in the texts above.

"Jane Eyre" a novel by Charlotte Brontë, the novel is written in third

person narrative, given form Jane's point of view, giving the story a

very honest, personal view on her life. "Jane Eyre" is about a young

girl of 10 years old called Jane; she grows up as an orphan due to the

death of her parents when she was a year old. She was sent to live

with her aunt in Gateshead. She is not accepted into the aunts' family

and she is open to daily cruelty and neglect throughout her childhood.

Near the beginning of the book Jane is sent to the "Red Room" this is

to punish her bad behaviour. The experience of being unfairly treated,

is the first time she realises how unfair people and life can be

towards her, because she is being punished for something her cousin

started, by picking on her. Miss Abbot and Bessie already have a bad

opinion of Jane, and with this bad action she is open to the worst

punishment in her eyes possible, the Red room, and to make Jane more

afraid Miss Abbott says "say your prayers, Miss Eyre, where you are by

yourself, for if you don't repent something bad might be permitted to

come down the chimney and fetch you away", by saying this actually

being in the room has been made worse something more to be afraid of.

Charlotte Brontë's description of the red room is sombre, full of

darkness and mystery, but to Jane a frightening room, but this is most

due to the talk about it previous to being in it. The room is

described with "red" being the main surrounding feature of the room,
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