In "Jane Eyre", what happened to Jane when she was locked in the red room?

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After a fight for which Jane is innocently blamed, she is locked in the "red room" This is the room where her uncle, Mr. Reed died.As she sits in the room she remembers her uncle and how kind he was towards her. Then she becomes angry when she thinks of the way his widow, Mrs. Reed, is treating her. Suddenly a strange light appears and Jane thinks she has seen a ghost. She yells and screams to be let out of red room.Red is often used as a symbol for passion and Jane's actions foreshadow the passion and determination she displays in the rest of the novel. Sadly, her aunt leaves her locked in the "Red Room",and eventually Jane faints and falls on the floor. This incident exemplifies Jane' comment that "“I was in discord in Gatehead Hall; I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs. Reed or her children, or her chosen vassalage. If they did not love me, in fact, as little did I love them.”