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Consider the importance of place, in at least three key episodes of Charlotte Bront's novel, Jane Eyre.

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Jane Eyre Rough Draft Consider the importance of place, in at least three key episodes of Charlotte Bront�'s novel, Jane Eyre. What does the setting contribute to the overall effectiveness of the episode for the reader? The three key episodes I have chosen are: - * The Red Room Cp 1-2 p5 * The night with Mr Mason Cp 20 * The morning after Cp 23 I have chosen the night with Mr Mason and the morning after because there is such a contrast between the two moments. The setting in both places reflects on what is happening between the people involved. The Red Room is also an important episode in the book and in Jane's life. She has been banished to the Red Room as her punishment for being naughty and this makes her very angry because it is not her fault that she is there. Her cousin, John, struck her on the head with a book for no reason and Jane had retaliated with words. At this John charged at her. After Mrs Reed had arrived on the scene, she immediately assumed that Jane was the cause of the trouble and it was she that was punished. ...read more.


This whole event is actually quite similar to a scene with Mr Mason, C20. It is the middle of the night and everyone has been awoken by a cry but has been assures by Mr Rochester that it is nothing to worry about. Jane has been summoned by Mr Rochester to look after Mr Mason while he is away. Mr Mason's arm is dripping blood that is trickling fast down. She is forbidden to talk to Mr Mason nor he to her. She is only there to wash and tend to his wounds. Left alone in this room with a stranger would have left Jane with many mixed feelings. She knows that Mr Mason has been attacked by something that is in the room next to her leaving her very worried and fearful. Comparing this to the Red Room you can see that there are a few similarities. She has been shut in a strange room to start with, and while trapped in this place there is something she fears. In the Red Room it was her Uncle's ghost and here it is the creature in the room next to her. ...read more.


This stranger has many qualities that he has been searching for, for the past couple of years but to let this stranger into his life he must overlook an "obstacle of custom - a mere conventional impediment which neither your conscience sanctifies nor your judgement approves" He is asking Jane if this man should be allowed to do such a thing. "Down a walk edged with box, with apple trees, pear trees, and cherry trees on one side, and a border on the other full of all sorts of old-fashioned flowers, stocks, sweet-williams, primroses, pansies, mingled with southern-wood, sweet-briar, and various fragrant herbs. They were fresh now as a succession of April showers and gleams followed by a lovely spring morning" Putting so much detail into this description of the atmosphere only makes the reader want to be there with them in this tranquil place. It is no coincidence that in key points of the book, when she is scared or angry the weather is dark and dull and when she is happy the weather is sunny and nice. It is all there to reflect the mood and enhance the whole atmosphere. Looking at just these three examples you can see that the place and effect of setting play a big role in the whole atmosphere of the book. ...read more.

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