Short Essay Questions Key
1. Why is Jane forbidden to sit with Mrs. Reed and the children, and how is this significant?
Jane is forbidden to sit with Mrs. Reed and the children because she is considered to be an unhappy and unsociable child, depriving her of necessary love and affection.
2. Why is Jane punished in the Red Room, and why is the room significant?
Jane is punished for defending herself against John Reed who continually bullies and torments her. The Red Room is where Mr. Reed died and she thinks she feels his presence in the room, which terrifies her.
3. How do Bessie and Mr. Lloyd help Jane after she is punished in the Red Room, and why is this significant?
Bessie comforts her and is affectionate, while Mr. Lloyd tries to ascertain if Jane would be happier at school. Their kindness is in stark contrast to her benefactress' treatment of her.
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