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Remind yourself of the passage in chapter 2, of Jane Eyre, from 'the Red Room was a square chamber very seldom slept in...' to the end of the chapter and discuss the significance of the passage in your reading of the novel.

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Introduction

Remind yourself of the passage in chapter 2 from 'the Red Room was a square chamber very seldom slept in...' to the end of the chapter and discuss the significance of the passage in your reading of the novel. By Hannah Carpenter The passage from chapter 2 'The Red room was a square chamber very seldom slept in ...' to the end of the chapter, is significant in my reading of the novel. The previous passages show Jane's life at Gateshead; Mrs Reed has locked Jane in the Red Room after she lashed out at John, her cousin. The Red Room has a dark history, as it was the room in which Jane's Uncle both died and was lain in. The Red Room is described in the first two paragraphs; 'A bed supported by massive mahogany, hung with curtains of deep red damask.' The furnishings are large and of shades of red (dark reds) creating a heavy and domineering atmosphere ' their blinds always drawn down, were half shrouded in festoons and falls of different drapery' The sense of coercion is emphasized by words such as ...read more.

Middle

'My heart beat thick, my head grew hot,' The imagery and heaviness that these words in stow is so strong you can feel her fear and there is no doubt that the fear is real even if the circumstance which aroused it is an illusion. Within the novel, other situations occur which proceed from her overactive imagination such as in chapter 16 where she is convinced Grace Poole is some murderous lunatic believing her to have set Mr Rochester's bed on fire and again the Gothic elements of the novel are made clear. ''The strange little figure there gazing at me ... I thought it like one of the tiny phantoms, half fairy, half imp.' Jane sees her reflection in a mirror and thinks her reflection like some supernatural being; Jane being described as something paranormal is echoed many times by Rochester, they are quite playfully used by him, however, upon her encounter with his insane wife just before she was meant to wed Mr Rochester, the description takes on a new meaning. ...read more.

Conclusion

The similarity in the two women's natures becomes apparent. However Jane is able to escape her imprisonment; 'I suppose I had a species of fit, unconsciousness closed the scene.' Though her body remains a captive of the Red Room, her mind is able to escape through unconsciousness and this is where the two differ, whereas Bertha lets her passions control her, Jane is able to overcome them. Consciousness, or the lack of thereof, is used at other points in the novel, one such time is after Bertha tries on the veil and Jane once again looses consciousness and once more she escapes the situation through this means. The Red Room holds many of the themes and methods which reoccur throughout the rest of the novel and in some situations, such as the one with Bertha and the veil, showing her as more than just the crazy wife in the attic but also Jane's Alter ego, of sorts, giving new meaning to the storyline and is therefore very significant to my reading of the novel. ...read more.

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