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How does Charlotte Brontë convey Jane Eyre's state of mind in chapter two of the text 'Jane Eyre'? Jane Eyre's state of mind is conveyed throughout chapter two in Brontë's 1847 novel, Jane Eyre. Her vivid description of her fractured sense of self is portrayed during her emotional time in the 'red room'. The story explores a diverse child by involving numerous techniques and situations that enables the reader, to understand Jane's situation and her feelings towards people and the places around her. Bronte uses fist person persona she also uses a narrative voice, this allows the audience to gain an insight into the mind of Jane. The experience that Jane explores reveals a cultural context within the role and society of women of the time. Furthermore Jane Eyre is put into the role of a 10-year-old orphan that lives with her aunt. Jane is very strict in the way she presents herself and her well-chosen words. She seems to be an intellectual adult fixed into a 10 year olds body. Her ability of understanding provokes Jane's loneliness causes her to become isolated and inferior to other members of the household. Jane's hierarchy in the house is very abused and used against her, which also states her well being in the house.
The reader can tell that she doubts herself, which becomes ironic, as she is very defiant in her words and what she believes. Eventually Jane completely loses herself and her whereabouts and her reactions to the room become hysterical. She begins to panic and starts to hallucinate, losing her state of mind. Whereas Charlotte Bronte cleverly defines the use of subordinate clauses and complex sentences to build up the tense atmosphere however it creates a tiresome effect. As well as it being tiring the long complex sentences dramatize the situation making it seem ending less and putting the reader out of breath. 'The bed rose before me' this quote used to portray the images that she perceives, showing that she is hallucinating and beginning to see things. The experience overwhelms Jane therefore she attracts the nightmare like images in her mind. Not only can Jane realize that she is in such a terrible state but the simile described by her best friend Bessie also indicates others are noticing her irrational circumstances, even outside the room. 'she's like a mad cat' this personified sentence judges and declares Jane's somber character. Also, the way Jane has been described creates an image of an insane, out of control and vicious fashioned cat, with the common outlook that the cat is rabid.
However, ironically, it is also helping her like a friend as she feels trapped and forgotten. The mirror helps her to look inside herself to give self-recognition. As she is attention starved the thought of another human being in the room may uplift her: and in this case it would be her reflection. The irony of paradox is shown as Jane is locked in a huge room with a hot fiery colour but still manages to feel cold. Even though the colour should be enough to warm her not even her mental emotions warm her up the slightest. Even though she is experiencing anger, which leads to being hot and anguished, ironically she still manages to feel cold. By the use of the self-recognition, and the ideology added by Brontë gives a great effect to the room, and cleverly conveys Jane. Overall, I think that Jane's state of mind is extremely well portrayed by the use of Brontë's language and her descriptive image of Jane. Charlotte's background was extremely similar as she was also locked in a room. Consequently I find that she has switched her role into the character and reproduced all her emotions into Jane. As the emotions are so effective it begins to feel life like and the reader manages to apply the emotions to themselves because of Charlotte's style of writing. By Emily Jemal
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