Jane Eyre: A Mystery Essay

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Mystery is a defining word for Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. The book is full of it- but is not driven by solutions. If anything, Brontë holds out on giving away the solutions. They exist to propel characters forward, to assist them in reaching within and finding themselves. Jane is the most prominent example in that each mystery affects her drastically, and leads to her realization that she must become self sufficient and free. The energetic novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë immediately starts off wearily- you have an orphan living with her cruel and unappreciative adoptive family, the orphan being a kind, smart, and likable character. This scenario has been hashed out several times in the world of literature. However, almost immediately, intrigue and mystery set in with the introduction of the “red room”, where Jane, the title character and our intelligent orphan heroine, is subjected, much like Cinderella to the attic. “I shall remember how you thrust me back . . . into the red-room. “ (Chapter Four) Rather than a dreamy (albeit dreary) attic filled with friendly, rabies free mice, the Red Room is a horrifying, nightmare fueled hell in the mind of a child- a forbidden zone where a beloved uncles life was ripped away from him. A ghastly figure, a frantic Jane- horror unfolds, and the poor girl faints. The curiosity and mystery surrounding the event are prominent. But more so than a haunted, hellish red room, Jane’s fear of the dead coming to seek retribution comes to light. Her future tendency to reflect on past events, and have these thoughts consume her to the point of hallucination, and passing out. It is the first of her feelings of imprisonment, literally and metaphorically. Her spiritual, intellectual, and emotional imprisonment is a strong motif. Jane’s vivid imagination is established, through the trials she went through in the red room. The book

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