• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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?

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charlotte Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charlotte Bronte essays

  1. Bront portrays Jane Eyre as an untypical heroine. Examine Bronts language use, structure and ...

    Despite the influence of the men I have mentioned above, Jane retains her distinctiveness and forms her own ideas about religion. This is exhibited when Jane says, 'I mounted to my chamber; locked myself in; fell on my knees and prayed in my way - a different way to St John's, but effective in its own fashion'.

  2. Jane Eyre

    few chapters show that the people Jane was dependent on are now dependent on her. As readers, we also come to acknowledge that similar to Jane, Rochester also thinking of Jane every day thinking about her presence; 'It is a dream; such dreams as I have had at night when

  1. Jane Eyre-Red room English essay

    The atmosphere is so deathly and frightening that she can only have horrible thoughts about everyone. She compares her family to destruction. The day abandons her, the sun abandons her and leaving her to the world of darkness, night and ghosts- 'Daylight began to forsake the red room.

  2. Analyse the methods Charlotte Bronte uses to make the reader empathise with Jane Eyre ...

    When they talk about the word cat it again gives an impression to the reader that she is some sort of uncivilised wild animal and should be locked up. The reader may also think of a cat being fiery. Bessie (the servant)

  1. Bront portrays Jane Eyre as an untypical heroine. Examine Bront's language use, structure and ...

    Her modesty when describing her virtues, 'I am so plain' is typical of a Victorian woman. However, her belief in marrying only for love and not status or convenience is what sets her apart from the female Victorian stereotype. This is shown when Jane rejects St John because she 'had no love for him'.

  2. Free essay

    With special reference to the first nine chapters of Jane Eyre (Gateshead and Lowood) ...

    are but a little untaught girl" Jane is very feisty and fiery. She singularly believes that you should treat people as they treat you. Helen has been taught by Christianity to love thy enemy etc. She is a very forgiving person. Jane is at the opposite end of the spectrum.

  1. Jane eyre

    Symbolism is used a lot throughout the book to show how much agony Jane is in 'broken heart' the word 'broken' suggests that Jane is damaged inside and is completely destroyed and this also shows that Jane has no hope of living a happy life and she is completely abandoned.

  2. By Looking Closely At The Central Relationship, Consider To What Extent Jane Eyre and ...

    But the 'malevolent ivy' representing Rebecca, since ivy is associated with evil and is referred to as 'she', is the 'enemy to grace' hence Rebecca is in fact stopping de Winter and the Narrator from being happy. However, the ivy pushes them 'more closely' as we find that similarly, as

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work