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Jane Eyre

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Coursework question: write about the ways in which Charlotte Bronte uses the red room incident as a turning point in the novel for the young Jane Eyre. In your answer you should comment on the following: * How Jane is portrayed before being locked up in the red room. * How Jane's cousins treat her * Her change in attitude towards her aunt after the event. Jane Eyre The red room incident Charlotte Bronte uses the red room incident as a turning point in the novel for the young Jane Eyre. The incident sets the momentum for the rest of the novel; it determines how Jane's character is going to develop. Besides if it hadn't happened then most, if not all of the novel would not have taken place. Jane Eyre, a nine year old orphan, on a rainy, sombre, bitter day curls up with a book in the window bay; is discovered and stuck by her cousin John Reed; fights back then is locked up in the terrifying red room as her punishment by her aunt Mrs Reed. It was Mrs Reed's dead husband's whish she should keep his niece Jane. As a result John Reed thinks of Jane as an outsider and has no remorse for Jane. He often exerts his authority and power over her" say...Master Reed", he also demands that he was addresses as Master Reed by Jane. ...read more.

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This however makes Jane want to fight backs more to gain respect and to be treated fairly. However John seizes the opportunity to get Jane into Hot water. Mrs Reed is called be her two Daughters. Mrs. Reed is furious that her son has been attracted by Jane the outsider. Mrs Reed completely over sees Jane's account of the event and orders her too be taken to the Red Room. This scene symbolises the favouritism of the upper class by the society during the Victorian era. at this particular moment the reader can imagine the venomous tone of Mrs Reed and the anger which rages in side her. Already Jane is not in her good books and now this? If you put yourself in Mrs. Reeds shoes Jane must have been getting on her last nerves. The reader can literally fell the tension in the atmosphere between Mrs Reed and Jane tension which can almost be cut with a knife. First the tension was between John; now it's between Jane and Mrs Reed. Jane puts up a fight and resists all the way as she is dragged to the red room by Bessie and Miss Abbot. Keeping in mind that the two Servants represent the Lower Class like Jane, you can see that they have come to accept their subservient role to serve the upper class( The Reeds), they even do what they are told by the Reeds even though thy truthfully know its unfair. ...read more.

Conclusion

Jane was petrified thinking that there's a ghost in the room .she faints. There is no doubt all her ill-feelings and accounts were at Gateshead hall was shown in the red room incident. She realises that her mental and emotional survival is at stake. She wishes that she had not gone thought such dreadfulness. She also wishes her uncle was alive probably then she would gain some respect around the house. Charlotte Bronte writes about the red room incident to show us how Jane's personality changes once she was placed in the red room and before she was placed there. This episode in her life affected the way she was going to relate to people around her, later on in life. Jane had lost her trust in people around her. This experience made her into a self dependant character which is good. Jane's experience in the red room opened a new chapter within her and without it she wouldn't have made the advances she achieved in her life. It galvanised within her a steely resolve not to be put down by others, especially if they are those in positions of power like Mrs Reed and John Reed who abused their inferiority, power and authority instead of helping the vulnerable Jane (the lower Class) thy delight in her humiliation, pain; and suffering. Bronte is against such exploitation of the hierarchical class structures of the Victorian traditions. ?? ?? ?? ?? Emmanuel Osei Owusu-Boateng 11L ...read more.

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