Essay on A Look into the Character of Jane Eyre

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When reading a book, the reader may or may not pick up on the hidden, clever ways the author tries to describe the character. These ways of describing the character can add a lot of insight to the particular character. Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre contains allusions such as color, biblical references, and the difference in class that give the reader insight into Jane’s character. The color red is used throughout the novel and Rochester gives Jane the nickname of mustard seed; these are just two of the symbols that have deeper meaning in the novel. Brontë shares several similarities with Jane; she writes with a autobiographical sense. The reader can make the connections between Charlotte Brontë and Jane through her use of symbolism. The …show more content…
They do not want her to escape from their control. John Reed does this by belittling Jane with verbal insults and physical abuse. He exclaims “you rat!” (Brontë 13) before throwing a book at her in the first chapter. Jane is under John’s control, she is forced to address him as Master Reed. Jane admits to being “habitually obedient to John” (Brontë 12). The color red in this scene is symbolic of the violence that Jane receives from John. Jane is hiding because violence is surrounding her, just like the drapes are surrounding her. The negative interactions between John and Jane, such as the incident with the book, are blamed on Jane. As punishment from Mrs. Reed, Jane is banished to the red room. Being the room that her uncle died in, Jane and the other children believe it to be haunted. Jane is left alone in this room for a prolonged amount of time. “By isolating Jane in the red room, Mrs Reed wants her to come to the realization that she is profoundly alone in the world, that she cannot possibly fend for herself, and that she must submit” (Leggatt and Parkes 172). The Reeds want her to submit to the fact that they think she cannot make anything of her life. They want to be able to continue to control her. The difference in Jane’s social class was prominent compared to the Reeds. She was continually reminded that she was the Reed’s benevolence and was to be considered “less than a servant” (Brontë 16). Jane struggles with

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