Jane Eyre And Depression Essay

1886 WordsDec 18, 20178 Pages
Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre” has captivated readers for generations. As with all coming of age novels, young adults can relate to the struggles and triumphs of Jane. Jane’s setting influences and parallel her emotions. A reader can see the novel through her eyes and perspective. In Bronte’s “Jane Eyre,” the location often parallels Jane’s emotional growth through the tone presented by the environment, resulting in the different places she lives revealing her journey through depression. Jane’s behavioral patterns and thoughts suggest clinical depression that affected her choices throughout the novel and her life at Gateshead, Lowood, Thornfield, Marsh End, and Ferdean. The way Jane views her surroundings reveals her life, introducing…show more content…
Harvard Health has suggested that “depression may alter how eyes function[,] making the world seem flat and/or gray through color shape and contrast” (Harvard Publishing). In a more literal sense, Jane views her life, and the winter, as gray. Her analysis of the environment and surroundings might not be metaphorical, but actually quite literal. Jane’s grim view of Gateshead affects her. However, when she leaves for Lowood she learns to be happy. Despite this, her depression continues to influence her life. She feels that she needs to be part of a family and experience those family dynamics to be whole. Her time at Thornfield supports this. While Jane’s time at Gateshead demonstrated her immense sadness, Jane’s time at Thornfield reveals her sadness through depression, as it begins to evolve into anger and an internal struggle. Her correlation with madness and anger begins to appear when she goes into the attic. She states “I climbed the three staircases, raised the trapdoor of the attic, and having reached the leads looked out afar over sequestered field and hill, and along the dim skyline- that then I longed” (Bronte 114). Jane is trapped inside herself. She longs to escape from her emotions and internal struggles, yet cannot. The attic, the abode of Mr. Rochester’s insane wife, houses Jane’s emotions. She climbs up to the attic and views the world beyond it. She
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