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Eduardo Martinez2ndperiodWinter Break Homework1.“‘Psalms are not interesting,’ I remarked. ‘That proves you have a wicked heart; and you must pray to God to change it: to give you a new and clean one: to take away your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh.’” (p. 32)In this part of the book, Jane meets Mr. Brocklehurst who is convinced that Jane is a mischievousgirl as her aunt, Mrs. Reed, says that she very much is. One of the various questions that he asks her is if she likes the Bible, specifically the Psalms, to which she says no. Brocklehurst believes this to be a bad thing, marking young Jane as an evil being who must put more importance on God in order to “save her.” This importance on religion presented in this scene carries throughoutthe entire book. The constant emphasis on religion presents the idea that in order to be a good person, one must be religious and faithful to God. Any other idea than that would not be permitted and will be shunned upon. They will be seen as the equivalent to being the devil if theydo not accept God into their life. As a result, this religious importance highlights the primitive thinking at the time that did not allow for acceptance of different types of people. This type of thinking also lead to skepticism of the supernatural or accusations of witchcraft that would be significant later on in the book.2.“The only marked event of the afternoon was, that I saw the girl with whom I had conversed in the veranda, dismissed in disgrace, my Miss Scatcherd, from a history class, and sent to stand in the middle of the large schoolroom…I wonder what sort of girl she is-whether good or naughty.’” (p. 53-54)This scene reveals the nature of Lowood and of the girls that reside there. To poor Jane, who is a new student there, she observes that the teachers and punishment there are quite cruel. They are constantly reprimanding students, this one in particular, who, much like the other girls there take the punishment without resisting. This shows that torture like this is not rare and reflects the treatment that Jane would receive at the hands of Mrs. Reed. Therefore, this place called Lowoodmimics Gateshead and acts as a possible foreshadowing for what may happen to Jane here. Just like she did at Gateshead, maybe another person will away take her to another place to continue her life. Another important factor of Lowood would be that with its rules and discipline it could be the turning point for Jane in terms of her behavior and childishness. By being under such strictrules she could finally learn how to behave properly. This discipline could also lead to influencing her future thoughts as she becomes older. The significance of this quote would be to highlight how discipline and strictness could influence someone’s behavior and their future self in terms of attitude.

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