Analysis of chapter one and two of Jane Eyre.
From the very beginning of the book, Bronte uses careful techniques to portray different elements within the novel. Bronte emphasizes Jane’s loneliness and lack of familial affection. Bronte also emphasizes Jane’s sensitive nature and inner strength she displays a great deal of courage and sense of justice in her defense against John.
The red-room can be viewed as a symbol of what Jane must overcome in her struggles to find freedom, happiness, and a sense of belonging. In the red-room, Jane’s position of exile and imprisonment first becomes clear; the red-room’s importance as a symbol continues throughout the novel. It tends to reappear as a memory whenever Jane makes a connection between her current situation and the feeling of being ridiculed.
Jane Eyre first experiences the negative effects of class structure when she is at Gateshead Hall and is horribly mistreated by John Reed. He informs Jane Eyre that she is a dependent; an orphan with no money - and because of this, drills into her mind that she is worthless and he is superior to her. "Now, I'll teach you to rummage my book-shelves: for they are mine; the entire house belongs to me, or will do in a few years" (10). The way John uses the word teach is sarcastic. "Teach" normally has a connotation of kindly explaining and educating, but the way it is presented in this sentence is to convey the exact opposite; to evoke fear in Jane Eyre. The sentence also contains many first person words, such as "I'll", "my", "mine" and "me." This repetition helps to show the power and authority John expresses over Jane Eyre. At the start of his lecture, John clearly tells Jane Eyre that she is low in social class - he uses her low social class as justification that his cruel authority over her is acceptable.
When Jane Eyre leaves Gateshead Hall, she hopes for a fresh start at