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How does Charlotte Bront make the scene in the red room very frightening for Jane?

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Essay: How does Charlotte Bront� make the scene in the red room very frightening for Jane? Jane Eyre's parents died when she was very young and she was sent to live with her aunt Mrs Reed and her children at Gateshead Hall. Mrs Reed and her children treated Jane very cruelly and she was very unhappy. In chapters one and two, Charlotte Bront� describes Jane's misery and fear in much detail for example, 'He bullied me and punished me; not two or three times in the week, nor once or twice in the day, but continually: every nerve I had feared him, and every morsel of flesh on my bones shrank when he came near,' This shows how terrified Jane was of John, Mrs Reeds son, this quote also makes you feel sorry for Jane. There are many occasions mentioned in the text in which Mrs Reed and her children bully Jane, For example, before Jane was sent to the red room, John saw Jane reading books and started insulting Jane by saying 'You have no business to take our books; you are a dependant, mamma says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg'. John then told Jane to stand by the door and he threw a book at her head, causing her much pain and causing her head to bleed. ...read more.


Because Jane is so young, knowing this would frighten her even more. Jane must of felt very small in that room- 'the bed rose before me' and there was a 'high dark wardrobe' it seems like all the furniture is towering above her and that everything is so much bigger than her. After finding the door was locked, Jane went across to the mirror and she thinks she sees a strange figure- 'and the strange little figure there gazing at me with a white face and arms speckling in the gloom, and glittering eyes of fear moving, where all else was still, had the effect of a real spirit; I thought it like one of the tiny phantoms, half fairy, half imp' Jane might be thinking that she's seeing the spirit of her dead uncle at this point. It must be really frightening for a child to be locked up in a room at such a young age, so Jane started to imagine things. Although Jane is really frightened, she is really angry about the injustice of her punishment. She feels annoyed that because Mrs Reeds children are much more misbehaved than her and they do not get harsh punishments. Jane describes Eliza as 'headstrong and selfish', and Georgina as having 'a spoiled temper, a very acrid spite, a captious and insolent carriage and was universally indulged' this shows how Jane does not like them and is very judgmental of them. ...read more.


She think she hears a 'preternatural voice' Jane must have been really terrified to start hearing things. After looking round the dark room Jane then thinks she sees a light moving across the wall to the ceiling 'it glided up to the ceiling and quivered over my head' Jane was petrified at this stage. Charlotte Bront� describes Jane's fear in a lot of detail 'my heart beat thick, my head grew hot; a sound filled my ears, which I deemed the rushing of wings; something near me' I was oppressed, suffocated: endurance broke down'. Bessie the servant hears Jane shaking the lock in 'desperate effort' and comes to her. One of the other servants thinks Jane is putting it on that she is scared just to get out of her punishment. Mrs Reed heard the noise Jane was making and did not let her leave the red room 'Mrs Reed, impatient of my new frantic anguish and wild sobs, abruptly thrust me back and locked me in, without further parley' this shows how nasty Mrs Reed is so Jane, as she is aware of how much Jane is suffering and she makes her remain in the red room. At the end of chapter two, Jane becomes unconscious 'soon after she was gone, I suppose I had a species of fit: unconsciousness closed the scene' this shows the intense terror Jane must have been in. Rachel Merrifield 10T ...read more.

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