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Compare Charles Dickens' description of Miss Havesham's dressing room with Charles Bronte's description of the red-room.

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Monday, 04 November 2002 Compare Charles Dickens' description of Miss Havesham's dressing room with Charles Bronte's description of the red-room. In 'Great Expectations' by Charles Dickens, and 'Jayne Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, there is a description of a room. In this essay, I will compare the similarities and differences of the two rooms. The two stories were written thirteen years apart, in the 19th century. In 'Jayne Eyre', the red room is decorated in bright colours, in comparison to 'Great Expectations', which is a faded white room. They are both large, and ornately furnished. In 'Great Expectations', the little boy is narrating (first person narrator), 'I answered, more in shyness than politeness', this quote supports two facts, one that it is a first person narrative, and that the feelings of the boy are quite uncomfortable and slightly timid about the situation he's in. 'Don't be ridiculous, boy', this shows that the first person is in fact a boy, therefore suggesting a young na�ve nature in the story's narrator. ...read more.

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'No brightness left', this also suggests that time has stopped. In 'Jayne Eyre', 'Very seldom slept in', this suggests loneliness to the room, where nothing breathes in it, like it's also been frozen in time. 'Blinds always drawn down', this suggests that no light is allowed into the room, therefore leaving it in darkness, like Miss Havesham's dressing room. 'This room was chill', this suggests loneliness in the room, expressing lack of happenings in the chamber. Words used to describe the room such as, 'silent', and 'solemn', also show that the room has effectively been frozen in time. These words are also reflected in 'Great Expectations', as the boy enters the room, he is greeted with utter silence and a solemn atmosphere. The sense of a 'chill' is also reflected in a way in Miss Havesham's dressing-room, with all the bland, cold, faded, white colours, you also interpret a cold atmosphere. The use of colour and light in the two passages are also very effective on the affect it's having on the reader. ...read more.

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A very lonely room is felt by the fact that nobody wants to enter the room. This is obviously given through the fact of Mr. Reed's death. I think my response was stronger to 'Great Expectations', as I found it more intriguing. One of the main causes of this would be that there was actually a person present in the room as it was being narrated. A very interesting person aswell, somebody that can capture your attention. I would imagine so because I simple don't hear of people who lock themselves up like that, although it is a fictitious character. I didn't get into 'Jayne Eyre' as much, it seemed to float past me as I went through it without making much of an impact. As I said a few moments ago, it is probably as there isn't a person in the room as I'm reading the story to interest me as such. I felt that the writing in both stories conjured up a respectful amount of imagery in my mind, but in all I think my preference has swayed towards 'Great Expectations'. Jason Warner ...read more.

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