Essay on The Use of Settings in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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The Use of Settings in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

In this essay, I will be examining three different locations used in
Charlotte Brontë’s novel ‘Jane Eyre’ and discussing their uses towards the story. The three settings I am to consider are the red-room at
Gateshead Hall, Lowood Institution where Jane attends school, and
Jane’s first sight at Thornfield Hall; the house in which she becomes employed as a Governess.

The first setting I am going to discuss is the red-room at Gateshead
Hall. Gateshead is the house in which Jane lives as a child after both her parents die. Jane is sent there to live with her Uncle and his family. Her Uncle dies shortly after her arrival and so she is left with her wicked Aunt Reed and her
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With her mind overloaded with terrifying possibilities, she screams and faints. Mrs. Reed comes in and calls Mr Lloyd, the apothecary to examine Jane. Mr. Lloyd, a sensible and kind man, talks to her and asks her if she would like to attend school. After some thought, Jane decides she would. This decision was to change her life as her education would reward her with her employment as a Governess at
Thornfield Hall.

Before I move on to discuss the uses of the setting, the red-room, I would first like to explain how Brontë makes this scene such a frightening sequence for the reader as well as for Jane. The sinister way in which the red-room is described helps us understand just how scared Jane was to actually faint.

One of the techniques used by the writer was to use first person throughout the novel. It made the story more personal and intimate.
This was especially useful towards the red-room scene as we were made to share Jane’s thoughts. This way we can empathise with her experience, and to know what she was feeling. It is important that the reader knows why she collapsed and so to give her story in first person gives more personal information, as well as giving out a sense of what type of a person she is.

Another important technique that was used to create the terrifying atmosphere is to use graphic detail. Graphic details, given in the right way, enable us to understand and picture the scene.

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