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Jane Eyre-Red room English essay The red room is described as a spare chamber, 'very seldom'-never slept in, a large and stately chamber. There is a bed supported by 'massive' pillars of mahogany hung with curtains of 'deep red damask' stood 'like a tabernacle' in the centre. There are two ''large' windows- blinds always down, 'shrouded with festoons' and the carpet is 'red' also. There is a table at the foot of the bed covered with 'crimson' cloth. The walls are a 'soft fawn' colour (soft creamy green) with a 'blush of pink'. The wardrobe, toilet-table and chairs are all- 'darkly polished old mahogany'. The mattresses and pillows of the bed are 'glared white' and 'piled up' spread with a 'snowy Marseilles counterpane'. There is a 'scarcely less prominent ample cushioned easy-chair near the head of the bed, also white, with a footstool before it' looking like a 'pale throne'. Charlotte Bronte is emphasizing the colours in the room. The room is made up of very dark reds, grand, blood colours with a contrast of white. ...read more.


It's like everything in the room was a secret-'secret drawer' with a 'miniature of her deceased husband' inside it keeping the room under a 'spell which kept it so lonely'. The room is eerie and as though it has a personality. The associations that she has with the room are the facts that Mr Reed died in that room. Jane is then frightened with each thought about John dieing there. These thoughts become more sharp and sudden and to show this they are split up using semi-colons- ''Mr Reed had been dead nine years; it was in this chamber he breathed his last; here he lay state;' and so and. Jane felt small she had a sense of her own size in that room. The furniture towered above her- 'the bed rose before me' and there was a 'high, dark wardrobe'. As her time in the red room draws on, her fear and anxiety levels dramatically increase and she becomes spiritually overpowered. The sheer size of the space and furniture was so much bigger than her. ...read more.


Jane is the same- 'mind was for fear', 'shaken', 'my heart beat thick', 'head grew hot'. Emotions build up on her she becomes agitated- 'some thing seemed to be near me' she becomes so frightened that 'she rushes to the door' and 'shook the lock in desperate effort'. Sound filled her ears even though it was deadly silent because previous thoughts and present thoughts where shouting at her in her head. This was all written in the 1st person which helps the reader to understand how frightened Jane is because if it was written as the 3rd person Bronte would not be able to show the reader what the girl is thinking as well and it puts the reader in Jane's position easier. The first person narrative is particularly effective when she asks herself what the light was on the wall- ' was it, I asked myself, a ray from the moon penetrating some aperture in the blind' and when she has sudden thoughts broken up by semi-colons. Bronte uses words like 'swift', 'darting', 'rushing', 'suffocated', 'desperate' and 'streak' to make the feeling in the passage more intense. ...read more.

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