Jane Eyre Analysis

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Through the restrictive and dominating force of the “red-room”, Bronte illustrates a sense of subjugation embodied in the protagonist, Jane Eyre. Jane is positioned as an inferior figure against the “[large]…pillars” and “large windows” that emote the world of the red room. The “surrounding shades [that] rose high” and the “piled up mattresses” create a domineering environment that Jane is forced to succumb to, as a sense of vulnerability is created. This vulnerability is revealed as “the bed rose before [Jane”, an image of over looming power further established as Jane turns to the “high, dark wardrobe.” The symbolism of the ‘red’ room explores the passion and rage that Jane must suppress; the dominating physical elements of the room enhancing her restricted and subdued state. The Gothic elements depicted in the red room heighten Jane’s unstable emotional state and enhance her social and emotional isolation. Bronte portrays the red room as a “silent…remote…seldom entered place”, portraying a threatening environment in which life ceases to exist. Jane’s seclusion in an environment where a “weeks quiet dust” collects and a “deceased husband” once lay, illustrates her as a figure of rejection, the Gothic elements establishing a hostile and ominous atmosphere to which she responds accordingly. Jane’s inability to comprehend her physical state within the room is heightened as she describes herself as a “half fair, half imp” with “glittering eyes of fear.” As her mind transcends the natural world in order to establish a sense of identity, and, by extension, security, a volatile emotional state is exposed and enhanced through elements of Gothic realism that Bronte employs. Bronte’s critique of rigid social structure is depicted through Jane’s instinctive duty toward Mr Rochester as he “[slips] on [a] sheet of ice” and falls to the ground. As Jane preempts the
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