Jane Eyre - Setting. Essay

1309 Words Sep 28th, 2009 6 Pages
JANE EYRE

In the novel, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, setting is used throughout the novel to illustrate the development in the character. The novel is revolved around five separate locations, ; the Reed family's home at Gateshead, the wretched Lowood School, Rochester's manor, Thornfield, the Rivers family's home at Moor House, and Rochester's rural retreat at Ferndean, these settings all play a very important part in Jane’s life as they all represent the development of Jane’s character and the different period’s of her eventful life.

We first see Jane; vulnerable and lonely at Gateshead, where the orphaned little girl resides with her bitter widowed aunt and her children. Jane is sent to the ‘Red Room’ for retaliating when her
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One evening, few months after Jane’s arrival at Thornfield, Jane is alone at Hay Lane gazing at the moonrise when she notices a horse approaching. Jane appears to think is a mystical creature, a ‘Gytrash.’ Jane’s hope soon fades when she discovers the Gytrash is a façade, the creature in question is just an ordinary human traveler; ‘the man, the human being broke the spell at once’ this shows us disappointment in Jane’s voice, the reference to ‘Gytrash’ and ‘Spell’ casts a eerie and supernatural setting., this theme was first introduced and inspired by the Red Room. The injured man- who we later discover is Edward Rochester- accuses a startled Jane of bewitching his horse and then abruptly calls her an elf; here Rochester is said to ‘think uncommonly of fairytales’.’ This meeting between the two is of vital importance and signifies the pair’s likeliness, and the similarities to each of their odd and kooky personas. Jane then unconventionally insists on helping an injured Rochester Jane helps Rochester rise to his feet and introduces herself to him. She describes his features as having a ’dark face, stern features, and a heavy brow.’

Jane and Rochester officially meet at Thornfield, the day after his arrival, Rochester invites Jane for tea. His attitude towards Jane is abrupt and quite cold, although he is charmed by Jane's drawings. Jane feels unusually comfortable around