Jane Eyre - Setting.

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JANE EYRE

In the novel, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, setting is used throughout the novel to illustrate the development in the character. The novel is revolved around five separate locations, ; the Reed family's home at Gateshead, the wretched Lowood School, Rochester's manor, Thornfield, the Rivers family's home at Moor House, and Rochester's rural retreat at Ferndean, these settings all play a very important part in Jane’s life as they all represent the development of Jane’s character and the different period’s of her eventful life.

We first see Jane; vulnerable and lonely at Gateshead, where the orphaned little girl resides with her bitter widowed aunt and her children. Jane is sent to the ‘Red Room’ for retaliating when her cousin, John Reed strikes her with a large book. When entering the haunting room, Jane is fixated by the grand, superior surroundings, Jane views every day objects as extraordinary beings, she visualizes a four poster bed as a ‘tabernacle’ and a arm chair as a ‘pale throne’ this gives us knowledge that Jane imagines the room as very almighty and religious. Jane then encounters herself upon the looking glass, while in the Red Room she does not see herself, but in fact a mere ‘stranger’ Jane then starts to see herself as an ‘imp’, ‘a tiny phantom’ this sets a supernatural aura, whilst letting us know that Jane imagines herself like a character in a storybook, furthermore this tells us that Jane is incredibly imaginative and passionate, the setting of the Red Room symbolizes Jane’s childhood, it reflects her passionate nature and the red tones of the room show Jane’s fear and her fiery personality, although Jane is terrified of the room, it sets her imagination wild and inspires her overactive imagination and introduces us to the theme if the supernatural. The setting of the Red Room is of vital importance to the novel as a whole, as it represents Jane’s character development.

Soon after, Jane is drastically changed at Lowood...
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