Throughout the novel, there are many metaphors for captivity and freedom. One example of Jane's captivity is her time spent away at Lowood, a school for orphaned girls. She was forced to stay for 8 years. Being away at boarding school made Jane an outcast. She had never seen much of society because she was shut out from the rest of the world when she attended Lowood. Flight, birds, and anything having to do with the sky symbolize freedom in the novel. Jane frees herself from the stresses of everyday life by creating artwork. One day at Gateshead, Mr. Rochester asked Jane about her artwork. "And who taught you to paint wind? There is a high gale in that sky, and on this hilltop" (p 142). Jane draws birds because she longs to be free. Through her artwork, she has a sense of control in her life. It frees her from her tasks of life and helps her to keep a happy mind set.