They treat her badly and during one such incident where Jane had gotten into a fight with her cousin. This fight ended up hurting Jane as she was beaten up by her cousin. She was locked up in a room overnight and due to which she suffered a fever and was extremely unwell. ‘It is thus as if the mysterious crime for which the Reeds were punishing Jane were the crime of growing up. The red – room to which Jane is sentenced by Mrs. Reed for her display of anger and passion is a paradigm of female inner space’1.
It was during this time that we notice the first time Jane rebelled and early signs of feminism from Jane. Jane out rightly refuses to be treated as an inferior by Mrs. Reed and speaks out against this discrimination. She chooses to directly confront Mrs. Reed and on this occasion Mrs. Reed calls Jane deceitful and blames her for lying. Jane takes a stand here and defends herself by says, ‘I am not deceitful: If I were I would say I loved you, but I declare I do not love you: I dislike you the worst of anybody in the world except John Reed’2.
Jane resists bring bossed around by Mrs. Reed. When Jane is about to leave for boarding school Mrs. Reed tries to intimidate Jane into showing her gratitude, in front of Mr. Lloyd. She wanted Jane to show how thankful she is towards Mrs. Reed, for keeping Jane in her home and taking care of her. Jane refuses to be bullied by Mrs. Reed and stands up for herself and says ‘How dare I, Mrs. Reed? How dare I? Because it is the truth. You think I had no feelings, and that I can do without one bit of love of kindness, but I can’t live so, and you have no pity. I shall remember how you push me back-roughly and violently pushed be back into the red room, and locked me up there – to my dying day. Though I was in pain, though I cried out, have mercy! Have mercy, Aunt Reed’3.This shows how Jane demands respect from other people and as a result voices her opinion for the first time during this instance using her feminist consciousness.