In the Schoolroom Scene (Ch.7), explain how Charlotte Brontë portrays the injustices Suffered by Jane Eyre

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In the schoolroom scene, Charlotte Brontë portrays the injustices suffered by Jane Eyre but expressing her pain through figurative language and illustrating her pain through a vivid image in the readers' mind. She also does this by using Mr Brocklehurst, so that the audience can empathise with Jane and see the injustices in a better perspective.

The descriptions of Mr Brocklehurst's clothes are illustrated in the readers' mind. '...shot orange and purple silk pelisses, and a cloud of silvery plumage extended and waved below me' This is to pursue the point of Mr Brocklehurst's status and to let the reader know he is the superior of the two. 'Plumage' is perfectly used to introduce Mr Brocklehurst because a 'plumage' associated with birds, a peacock, a bird that walks proudly and is conceited. Brontë has pushed this point across to the maximum to make sure the contrast between the rich and poor (clothing) is shown.

The effect of this is it showed one of the injustices to the audience. I think Mr Brocklehurst's attitude towards the students is affected by the opinions and influences of people who surround him. In those days, the rich and poor separated themselves from each other and did not socialise together.

Mr Brocklehurst uses his power as the head of the school to humiliate and patronize Jane. '"Fetch that stool", said Mr Brocklehurst, pointing to a very high one..."place the child upon it"...I was only aware that they had hoisted me up to the height of Mr Brocklehurst's nose...' To place Jane on a high stool in front of the whole class was embarrassing for her. She was being publicly humiliated. The effect of this is that it showed the audience what type of person Mr Brocklehurst really was. I think he was smug and liked...