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The Symbolism of Red in Jane Eyre

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Trish Chiasson

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The Colour Red Symbolism in Jane Eyre Red Thesis “The red-room was a spare chamber, very seldom slept in; I might say never, indeed…” (pg. 70)


“A bed supported on massive pillars of mahogany, hung with curtains of deep red damask, stood out like a tabernacle in the centre; the two large windows, with their blinds always drawn down, were half shrouded in festoons and falls of similar drapery; the carpet was red; the table at the foot of the bed was covered with a crimson cloth; the walls were a soft fawn colour, with a blush of pink in it…” (pg. 70-71) The Party The Red String The Gypsie Woman is commonly associated with danger, sacrifice, passion, love, anger, socialism and communism. The presence of red in Jane Eyre's environmental and interpersonal surroundings, foreshadow the impending unhappiness and unfortunate events in Jane's life. The Red-Room “The crimson curtain hung before the arch: slight as was the separation this drapery formed from the party in the adjoining saloon, they spoke in so low a key that nothing of their conversation could be distinguished beyond a soothing murmur.” (pg 248)


“She had, likewise, a fierce and a hard eye: it reminded me of Mrs. Reed’s; she mouthed her words in speaking; her voice was deep, its inflexions very pompous, very dogmatical, - very intolerable, in short. A crimson velvet robe, and a shawl turban of some gold-wrought Indian fabric, invested her (I supposed she thought) with a truly imperial dignity.” (pg 250) “As if that boisterous channel, and two hundred miles or so of land come broad between us, I am afraid that cord of communion will be snapt; and then I’ve a nervous notion I should take to bleeding inwardly.” (pg. 337)

“She had on a red cloak and a black bonnet; or rather, a broad-brimmed gipsy hat, tied down with a striped handkerchief under her chin.” (pg. 276) Mason “Mr. Rochester held the candle over him; I recognized in his pale and seemingly lifeless face – the stranger, Mason: I saw too that his linen on one side, and one arm, was almost soaked in blood.” (pg. 290) “… he measured twelve drops of a crimson liquid, and presented it to Mason.” (pg. 296) “As I looked up at them, the moon appeared momentarily in that part of the sky which filled their fissure; her disk was blood-red and half overcast: she seemed to throw on me one bewildered, dreary glance, and buried herself again instantly in the deep drift of cloud.” (pg. 363) Bertha

“I wish I could forget the roll of the red eyes and the fearful blackened inflation of the lineaments!” (pg. 371) The Chesnut Tree **Previous to this, Jane is waiting for Rochester and notices that the chestnut tree which he proposed to her under has been destroyed by the storm.** Some critics say that the red room is a symbolic representation of Jane being forced back into a "womb" in order to be reborn again as an obedient child.

"Jane’s Aunt, an older woman who is supposed to be like a foster mother to her but is more like an evil stepmother, locks Jane into a room that’s entirely decorated in red with a little bit of white ...Aunt Reed is infantilizing Jane and forcing her back into the womb to be born again with, needless to say, a new attitude...The red-room is a space in which the purity and innocence of childhood (the white bits) meet the intense and bitter emotions that come with unpleasant life experience – anger, fear, and anxiety (the red bits). Think of Jane as "seeing red" at this moment. ...or is it the Red-WOMB? Works Cited - Shmoop Editorial Team. "The Red-Room in Jane Eyre" Shmoop.com. Shmoop University, Inc., 11 Nov. 2008. Web. 9 Oct. 2012. <http://www.shmoop.com/jane-eyre/red-room-symbol.html>
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red
-http://www.sparknotes.com/lit/janeeyre/context.html "'What tale do you like best to hear?'
'Oh, I have not much choice! They generally run on the same theme - courtship; and promise to end in the same catastrophe - marriage.'" (pg. 279) By Trish, Tricia, & Lisa By Trish, Tricia, & Lisa
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