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The Foils of Jane EyreIn Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte uses several characters as foils to Jane to reveal Jane's truepersona. Characters with strong personalities, such as Georgiana Reed and Blanche Ingram, showa significant contrast to Jane's more docile nature. Bronte also creates foils in the characters thatinteract with Jane, bringing forth different sides of Jane's personality. Mrs. Reed andMiss Templeare are used to employ this technique. Her reactions to these characters allow thereader to delve into her true nature.One of the first foils the reader encounters is that of the young Georgiana Reed, Jane'shaughty cousin. She is beautiful, spoiled, and selfish, and makes it known that she does notconsider Jane as part of their family. They see Jane as "a heterogeneous thing, opposed to themin temperament, in capacity, in propensities" (17). While Jane tidies and dusts like a familyservant, Georgiana is enraptured with herself, dressing her hair with flowers and donning herselfwith dressy attire. The differences found in their partialities and occupations characterize theyoung Jane as a docile, obedient child who constantly suffers under the dominating Reeds. Theirnext encounter occurs many years later when Mrs. Reed sends for Jane on her deathbed, andJane consents. Upon arriving at the house, Jane discovers that not much has changed. Georgiana

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