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Within Chapter 25, from ''I dreamt another dream, sir; that...' to ' Do you accept my solution of the mystery?' Discuss proposed extracts significance in the novel 'Jane Eyre' by Charlotte Bronte.

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Introduction

Remind yourself of the passage in chapter 25, from, 'I dreamt another dream, sir: that ...' as far as 'Do you accept my solution of the mystery.' Discuss the significance to the novel. By Hannah Carpenter The passage, found on pages 249 to 251 in Jane Eyre, relates in different ways, to the methods and concerns of the novel and within this essay I will be looking at the effects of writing to determine the passages significance. Within this passage Jane reveals to Mr Rochester, a dream that she had, 'I dreamt another dream, sir: that Thornfield Hall was a deserted ruin, the retreat of bats and owls.' Here Thornfield is presented in a very gothic light, the imagery of the ruin, inhabited by bats and owls shows the traits of the classic gothic tale; stories where haunted ruins and guilty secrets are a common feature. 'Of all the stately front nothing remained but a shell-like wall.' The imagination of the destruction of Thornfield, forewarns what is to come within the story, as in reality, Thornfield will become a ruin. 'I wandered, on a moonlight night,' the gothic feel is further enforced by this, as the moon is usually associated with this genre, being a symbol of mystery and the supernatural. ...read more.

Middle

From the reflection in the mirror, Bertha is described as 'ghastly' with a 'discoloured' and 'savage face' and when adjourned with Jane's expensive and elaborate veil, we are given a sense of what Jane could become if she were to marry Mr Rochester (at least at this point in the novel). 'The lips were swelled and dark; the brow furrowed; the black eyes raised over the bloodshot eyes.' Bertha reminds Jane of a 'Vampyre', and her appearance in the mirror relates back to Jane's own supernatural appearance in the mirror in the Red Room. The similarity between the two women is then brought forward. They are both individual, thinking women, however, they differ as much as they are similar and though Jane started out with the same rage and hostility, she has tamed herself where Bertha has let her passion reign free. 'It removed my veil from it's gaunt head, rent it in two parts, and flinging both on the floor trampled on them.' People throughout the years have interpreted the Rendering of the wedding veil, in many different ways; some see Bertha as Jane's suppressed rebelliousness seeing the gaudy veil as Rochester's way of altering Jane's identity through the buying of expensive gifts. In this way, the ripping of the veil is a resistance towards this and is saving Jane from a life of dependence and insignificance. ...read more.

Conclusion

However, Jane being a persistent and intelligent women, soon proved Mr Rochester's reasoning's heinous with the realisation of the ripped veil. The power in the conversation and relationship has shifted slightly and Mr Rochester looses some of the control. 'A woman did, I doubt not, enter your room: and that woman was - must have been - Grace Poole.' In this instant the Victorian values of the relationship between men and women are questioned, because it shows that the man is not always in the right. This is quickly covered up by a complete contradiction of his original story, from it all being in her head, to that there was a woman, but it was crazy Grace Poole and Jane who was 'feverish, delirious', 'ascribed to her a goblin appearance different from her stature.' Again, he plays upon the 'weakness and delicacy' of women. 'I see you would ask why I keep such a woman in my house; when we have been married a year and a day, I will tell you.' Rochester promises to tell her the truth in a year and a day--again Rochester regains power and control and he again thinks only of his needs and his desires. He knows with certainty that Jane would never agree to the arrangement he has planned, so he doesn't tell her. The relationship is once again in his power and of male dominance and the Victorian values are reinstated. ...read more.

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