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Jane Eyre Whitcross Analysis

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In this passage, Charlotte Brontë uses a crossroad called Whitcross as a symbol of not only Jane’s isolation and insecurities, but also her return to nature as a source of comfort.
Brontë opens the passage by stating Jane’s position at a crossroad in her life at Whitcross, both literally and figuratively. Most likely originally called White Cross, the name “Whitcross” associates white with Christian purity, which reveals that God is going to make an appearance in her life once again. Yet, a chilling, stony description of Whitcross denotes Jane’s current feelings towards her life: “a stone pillar [that is] set up where four roads meet: whitewashed, I suppose, to be more obvious at a distance and in darkness.” The Oxford English Dictionary defines
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Transitioning from emphasizing Jane’s concern about which path to take, Brontë makes Jane’s focus on people witnessing her in this position. Jane acknowledges she is alone; however, she still thinks there is “a chance a traveller might pass by; and [Jane] wish[es] no eye to see [her] now: strangers [will] wonder what [she] is doing, lingering here at the sign-post, evidently objectless and lost.” Brontë fluctuates her punctuation use throughout the passage creating a very choppy sentence structure. The inconsistency of the punctuation directly relates to Jane’s constantly shifting thoughts. Moreover, Brontë describes Jane as “objectless and loss,” which has a very literally and figuratively connotation. Jane is understandable lost at Whitcross because she has never been here before and she also has no idea where she wants to go with her heart. Furthermore, Jane is concerned that “[she] might be questioned: [she can] give no answer but what [will] sound incredible and excite suspicion.” Including the colon after the first phrase, Brontë promotes her point that Jane is ashamed and wants to resolve her reoccurring…show more content…
Brontë clearly evinces that Jane feels withdrawn and removed at this moment and throughout the book, and she restates this point when Jane begins to deem herself unimportant: “Not a tie holds me to human society at this moment—not a charm or hope calls me where my fellow-creatures are—none that [see] me [will] have a kind thought or a good wish for me.” Brontë uses the word “creatures” to describe other people and this has a negative connotation because of Jane’s belief that anyone who sees her will have uncouth thoughts about her. Confirming this implication, the OED defines “creature” as “a reprehensible or despicable person.” It is also important to recognize that Brontë prefaces the phrase “not a charm or hope calls me where my fellow-creatures are” with an em-dash. The em-dash serves to indicate emphasis on the fact that Jane is very self-conscious. The transition of tone begins with the last sentence of the passage with Jane stating, “I have no relative but the universal mother, Nature: I will seek her breast and ask repose.” Due to the lies of Mr. Rochester, it is difficult for Jane to trust that any person could love or care for her. Thus, Jane believes she can only rely on nature because it was entirely composed by God, which elucidates the presence of God in her life once more. Equally important, Jane refers to “the universal
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