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Jane Eyre - Setting and Tone

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Juliana Conrad

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Transcript of Jane Eyre - Setting and Tone

by using this language Bronte gives the reader a taste of what Jane feels
Bronte establishes a tone of entrapment and disappointment
Bronte also establishes that the Reed estate is not as amazing as its inhabitants would like to think
Opening Tone
Tone of Free Will
As Jane is being dragged off to the Red Room she states that she, "resisted all the way: a new thing for me"
Jane's free will is growing with her age she now refuses to be a victim of the Reed's oppression, but she has no means of escaping it just yet
The Reed House: Red Room
The Tone of Hardship
Jane lives the life of a second class citizen and is treated as such, on page 4 Bronte describes Jane's unfair treatment by writing, "You have no buissness to take our books; you are a dependant, mama says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not live here with gentlemen's children like us."
Jane is treated horribly and as the tone has told us there is no escape for Jane, she must endure the hardship
Jane is oppressed by the only people she can call "family" and to them she is but a beggar
By Juliana Conrad
Adrian Turrisi
Jane Eyre - Setting and Tone
"There was no possibility of taking a walk that day" (Bronte 1)
"The cold winter had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating" (Bronte 1)
"very seldom slept in" (pg. 8)
Everything was a shade of red (pg. 8)
Remote room, away from the kitchen and the nursery (pg. 8)
"Room was chill, because it seldom had a fire" (pg. 8)
Where Mr. Reed died (pg.9)
Lowood Institution
When Jane first arrived at Lowood she noticed the weather, "Rain, wind, and darkness filled the air" (pg.40)
"building spread far - with many windows, and lights burning in some" (pg.40)
half of the building looked old and the other half looked new (pg.47)
fires were scarce and the building was very cold (pg. 60)
"refectory was a great, low - ceiled, gloomy room" (pg.43)
The garden was a wide enclosure, surrounded with walls so high as to exclude every glimpse of prospect" (pg. 47)
referred to as "convent-like" (pg,47)
the flower beds in the garden are described as "blight and brown decay" (pg. 47)

Miss Temple's Room
Jane describes Miss Temple's room as having a cheerful atmosphere and a warm fire. (pg. 71)
this is important because the room embodies Miss Temple's personality
Her personality is nice, warm, and cheerful
Lowood in the Spring
"days of blue sky, placid sunshine" (p.77)
"Lowood shook loose its tresses; it became all green, all flowers; its great elm, ash, and oak skeletons were restored" (p.77)
Typhus fever infected 45 of the 80 girls in school causing the seminary to be transformed into a hospital. (p.78)
"rooms and passages steamed with hospital smells" (p.78)
Jane's Tone Of Lowood
At first the tone of Lowood is dismal at best
Jane describes her plight when she says, "I tired of the routine of eight years in one afternoon. I desired liberty; for liberty I gasped; for liberty I uttered a prayer; it seemed scattered on the wind then faintly blowing"
The tone is bleak and dismal yet again
however as spring approaches the mood changes from sadness to that of rebirth
"Flowers peeked out amongst the leaves: snowdrops, crocuses, purple auriculas, and golden eyed pansies" (Bronte 62)
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