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Copy of Gateshead Hall : Jane Eyre
Transcript of Copy of Gateshead Hall : Jane Eyre
I will never call you aunt again as long as I live.
I will never come to visit you when I am grown up;
and if any one asks me how I liked you,
and how you treated me,
I will say the very thought of you makes me sick,
and that you treated me with miserable cruelty. . . .
You think I have no feelings,
and that I can do without one bit of love or kindness;
but I cannot live so: and you have no pity." Analysis of Quotation 1 Analysis of Quotation 2 “Mrs. Reed, impatient of my now
frantic anguish and wild sobs,
abruptly thrust me back and locked me in, without further parley… The next thing I remember is waking up feeling as if I had a frightful nightmare, and seeing before me
a terrible red glare, crossed with
thick black bars” "Probably, if I had lately left a good home
and kind parents, this would have been the hour when I should most keenly have regretted the separation: that wind would then have saddened my heart; this obscure chaos would have disturbed my peace: as it was I derived from both a strange excitement, and reckless and feverish, I wished the wind to howl more wildly, the gloom to deepen to darkness, and the confusion to rise to clamour. "
Analysis of Quotation 3 This is the first place Jane inhabits in the
novel; it represents her starting journey
and depicts her childhood development.
It serves to set the unpleasant tone of
Jane's childhood through its prison-like
qualities. Jane becomes both physically and
psychologically locked up. Jane's outburst cut the ties to what
little family she had. She displays a sense of justice and recognition of her desire to feel loved. This quotation describes Janes liberation
from her family as well as her emotional liberation. Jane asserts her authority over
her tyrannical aunt and immediately feels
free. Bronte: Page 47 Jane claims that, because she came from an unpleasant home where she felt unwelcome, she is excited rather than depressed by her situation regarding Lowood. Leaving her familiar "family" seems more appealing than remaining with them. Jane expresses her desires of feeling loved, having a good home and kind, loving parents. She reasons that her feelings are normal because she did not have a nice
childhood experience. (Bronte 11,12) Mrs. Reed and John Reed are the main reasons for Jane’s suffering. Mrs. Reed perceives Jane as the devil and a detriment to her household and children. This forces her into a state of mental aggravation. When Jane finally deals payback to John, she gets locked up in the red-room. The emotions are forced to stay in her head. The Significance of
Gateshead Hall Bronte: (page 30) “…prepared as my heart was for horror,
shaken as my nerves were by agitation, I thought the swift darting beam was a herald of some coming vision from another world. My heart beat thick, my head grew hot; a sound filled my ears…I was oppressed, suffocated…”
(Bronte 11) Analysis of Quotation 4 The red-room is the attic in the “Madwomen in the Attic” theory. Jane Eyre acted out, because she was provoked by John. John bullied her constantly for years and she finally let out her suppressed anger. Although Mrs. Reed, a female, locked Jane in the room, John was the real reason. Jane was seen as mad while John was seen as innocent. "'Hold her arms, Miss Abbot: she's like a mad cat.'
'For shame, For shame!' cried the lady's-maid. 'What shocking conduct, Miss Eyre, to strike a young gentleman, your benefactress' son! Your young master.' 'Master! How is he my master? Am I a servant?' 'No, you are less than a servant, for you do nothing for your keep. There, sit down, and think over your wickedness.'"
(page 6) Analysis of Quotation 5 In this excerpt from Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, Jane is blamed for striking her cousin John while in truth, he threw a book at Jane. The immediate reaction of her elders is a portrayal of how women were treated in society at this time. Jane, the female in the situation is not given a chance to explain what had actually happened, she is automatically assumed as being guilty and wrong for her actions. John, who does not need to provide the smallest bit of evidence, is not questioned and gains complete control over the situation. Another way of looking at it is that Mrs. Reed, who can represent the views of society, sees her children as being higher in class, intelligence, and more trustworthy than Jane. Her children in this sense represent the male presence in society, and Jane depicts the upcoming presence of women in society. Women, although they have gained rights in society, they are still seen as being less powerful and have not gained the respect of society. Naturally, at the time, women were seen has having "characteristics" that made them seem out of line when expressing their ideas freely. Analysis of Quotation 3 Analysis of Quotation 4 Analysis: Continued
When Jane is sat down to think over her "wickedness" she is being forced to think about what she had done wrong while in reality, she was only telling the truth. She is forced to question her thoughts and in one sense, her sanity. She is seen as being crazy for trying to blame something on the male presence of the house. In society at the time, women who spoke their minds against the "normal" way of society were thought to be crazy for expressing such ideas. Charlotte Bronte's anger with society during her time is expressed through Jane's experience with the Reeds. "All John Reed's violent tyrannies, all his sisters' proud indifference, all his mother's aversion, all the servant's partiality, turned up in my disturbed mind like
a dark deposit in a turbid well.
Why was I always suffering, always browbeaten,
always accused, forever condemned?"
(page 8) In this quote, Jane is trying to justify the treatment she gets. She uses reason to explore what could be behind the poor way in which she is treated. In the Reed's household, she tries her hardest to please all and works to fulfill her duties and yet she is accused of things she did not do and is punished for them. She is not given the respect she tries so hard to earn. All of this work she puts in does her no good, she still is punished, taunted and criticized by her so-called family. In society at the time, women worked their hardest to earn respect in society and to establish their thoughts and ideas but were not successful. Society would not respect them and treated them poorly. Analysis of Quotation 6