Setting in Jane Eyre acts as pathetic fallacy. That is, the weather and surroundings reflect Jane's and sometimes other characters' emotional states. In Bronte's dark Romantic novel, the environment is ripe for brooding, conflicts, isolation, and self-examination.
Jane is extremely restricted in the home of her dead uncle. His wife detests her, derogating the child constantly and restricting her. Consequently, Jane hides herself behind "scarlet drapery" in the recess of a window seat. Nevertheless, her cousin John harasses her and Jane yells when he draws blood from pulling her hair so severely. She is then thrown into the Red Room, the room in which her Uncle John has died. Terrified, Jane looks into a mirror in the room where
all looked colder and darker in that visionary hollow than in reality;and the strange little figure there gazing at me ...had the effect of a real spirit...like one of the tiny phantoms, half fairy, half imp.
I was a discord in Gateshead Hall; I was...
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