How Does Charlotte BrontÉ Convey Jane Eyre's State Of Mind In Chapter 2 Of The Text 'jane Eyre'?

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Jane Eyre is a 13 year old girl living with her aunty and cousins. She is very left out from the family and has a strong character. Jane Eyre's state of mind in the text "Jane Eyre" written by Charlotte Bronté is delivered through the use of pathetic fallacy and imagery throughout this chapter. Jane's fiery temper changes to a relieved state of mind when her surroundings change and when she is alone. Her feelings and emotions change throughout the chapter and we are told this through Charlotte Bronte's use of repetition which is one of the main techniques used by the author Bronté writes in first person so the text sounds personal and as if Jane is telling you things from the heart showing her emotions. Using this technique makes it more direct to the reader and sound like its coming from Jane's point of view and not somebody else's, this is a useful technique because it makes the reader feel they can get into Jane's mind. In the second chapter the author uses colours to reflect on how Jane is feeling at that moment in the red room. The author gives a detailed description of the red room through the use of imagery. For example "Curtains of deep red damask". Bronté doesn't just describe the curtains as red; she goes into depth by using the word "deep" and "damask". These are very deep harsh colours as red is usually used to express anger or violence. Jane's uncle died in this room so she feels a little bit scared in this room and the color red brings this across to the reader. She knows that if her uncle were still there then things would be different and she starts to think that he is present in the room. Jane is feeling angry at John for getting her in trouble for being violent towards him. This imagery is used to show Jane's anger. Jane has been isolated from the rest of the group; the red room is like a prison cell to her. "They went shutting the door and locking it behind them" She has been left out from the group and isn't treated like one of the family. She is feeling alone and secluded from the rest of the family and servants. This shows how much Jane is left out from the rest of the group.Jane is feeling scared because her heart is beating faster and she's getting hot and worried. She feels like her uncle is near and surrounding her. She can see a light shinning through the room and believes that this light is her uncle. She thinks he would be coming back to haunt her for the things she has said or is coming back to help her. He would come back to help her because Mrs. Reed said that she would look after Jane and treat her like one of her own but she hasn't. This makes Jane frustrated because she isn't treated as one of Mrs. Reeds own. Jane doesn't understand why she is being punished. She is being picked on by John who is trying to get her in trouble all the time. John knows he can get away with it because he is the master of the house and she was just a little girl. This can be seen when Jane says "My heart beat thick, my head grew hot; a sound filled my ears". In this extract we can see how Jane is becoming self couscous and questioning herself. She's feeling frustrated because she doesn't understand why she is always suffering such as when John got her in trouble for running out in the rain when she was just reading a book quietly. But when Jane is told that she has done wrong she fights back and rebels against class and gender differences by going against this image. The author uses repetition and writes in the first person to emphasize what Jane's point is and what she is trying to get across. "Why was I always suffering, always browbeaten, always accused, for ever condemned?" We can see how Jane is confused as to why she is being punished. She doesn't understand what she has done wrong. She feels like she is being punished for no reason at all because she hasn't done anything to John for him to treat her so badly. She doesn't understand why she is treated as though she is in a lower class. Jane feels isolated from the others in the family. Jane is not afraid to go against this image of a lower class woman in the household. The ladies maid is shouting at her for striking her master but Jane is rebelling because she doesn't understand how he is her master. "Master! How is he my master? Am I a servant?" She feels she is being treated like a servant, as if she were lower class but she should be treated as one of he's sisters. Jane is feeling anger towards John for getting her into trouble and having her locked in the red room. She has done nothing towards him for him to treat her in such a bad manner. She doesn't understand why he is tormenting and bullying her in such a way. The author emphasizes how Jane feels about John through her rebellious actions and words. Jane fights against the rules of class differences and does answer back in a rude way. However, Jane is scared of John because she knows what he is capable of hurting her and getting her in trouble. The author uses repetition also in this quote to expand on Jane's feelings and also uses an exclamation mark to emphasize her point. Bronté uses a lot of different techniques in chapter 2 to convey Jane's feelings. Bronté uses punctuation to show commandments, anger and questioning to show Jane's tone of voice for example; "Master! How is he my master? Am I a servant?" This shows her tone of voice and the way she answers back to the maid. Bronté uses repetition to emphasize her point and to make it sound more important. She repeats what the maid says as if to mock her. Bronté uses imagery to show how Jane's surroundings affect her feelings. When she is in the red room she suddenly becomes weaker and instead of fighting back she questions herself as if she has done wrong not them. Bronté uses long sentences and semi colons so that the text flows on and is not so broken up. This technique makes the reader read it faster and makes it more intense. Bronté uses similes and personification to show Jane's childish and less mature side so we are still reminded of her age. Jane has many feelings through this chapter; she's fearful, rebellious, isolated, frustrated, angry and confused. Bronté shows us all these feelings as Jane's surroundings change. Bronté conveys Jane's feelings using a number of techniques.


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