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Compare and contrast 'The Red Room' by H G Wells, with opening chapters of 'Jane Eyre'. Why do you think Wells chose the title for his story?

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Course Work The Red Room and Jane Eyre Compare and contrast 'The Red Room' by H G Wells, with opening chapters of 'Jane Eyre'. Why do you think Wells chose the title for his story? Both 'The Red Room' by H G Wells and 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte, were written in the nineteenth century. The main focus in the short story by H G Wells is the 'red room', while the red room in 'Jane Eyre' is part of a novel. Charlotte Bronte's story is about an orphaned ten-year-old child called 'Jane Eyre', who is living with her Aunt Reed at 'Gateshead Hall'. She is excluded from the family in the household and it becomes obvious to the reader that they don't approve of her or like her at all. Jane herself is aware of this, as she says 'I was a discord in Gateshead Hall'. She has a very bad relationship with the family; especially Master John, who bullies her in the opening chapter of the book. Jane is an outcast to every privilege in the house, and her Aunt is very cold and aloof towards her. ...read more.

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This is different to Gateshead Hall in 'Jane Eyre', which is described as being quite warm and comfortable. When Jane is taken to the 'Red Room' it says that she 'resisted all the way', which shows the reader that she hated the room and was terrified of it. She is being taken to the room against her own will and she says that a 'moment's mutiny' is the reason for this, which implies that she feels the family is against her. She also refers to herself as a 'rebel slave', which again shows that she is a captive, not a volunteer to the 'Red Room'. During the build up to the room, the author tries to make the reader feel pity for Jane. Bronte creates pathos towards Jane in a number of different ways. Her use of adjectives such as 'wicked' and 'rebel slave' help to create this sense of pathos. The servants' attitude towards her is also used to reinforce this as they call her a 'wicked child'. This is very extreme and emotive language, considering that Jane is only a ten-year-old child. ...read more.

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The rooms drive both to panic as their imaginations get the better of them. The man explains to the old people at the end that it is 'fear' that haunts the room. This means that the room causes the imagination to get the better of you; this is also true in the red room in 'Jane Eyre'. I consider fear, to be an important theme in both stories. Both Jane Eyre and the man are driven to insanity by the constant sense of fear in the rooms. Both authors emphasise the fact that apprehension and dismay alone, causes fear in the rooms. H G Wells chose the title 'The Red Room' for his short story because the room is the main focus of the story. The story is based on the red room and its mystery, which is finally explained by a mysterious young man who witnessed the fear inside the room. 'The Red Room' is also chosen as a title, because of the symbolic meanings of the colour. 'Red' is symbolic of blood, which contains a religious connection. This can be associated with death or supernatural forces which immediately reflects the feeling of fear inside the room. ...read more.

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