Settings In Jane Eyre

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  • Settings in Jane Eyre
    • Gateshead
      • Jane is here until 10 years old
      • learns the terrible power of economic and social status
      • learns the expectations, opportunities and restrictions placed on people based on social class
        • Wealthy perceived as intellectually/ethically superior
          • authority to shape the world their way
        • Poor labelled as unhealthy in body, mind, soul - sign of divine disfavour
          • Therefore the affluent are divinely allowed to intervene in these lives to save them
      • Early years are spent at the mercy of wealthy relatives that despise her
        • 'I was a discord in Gateshead Hall: I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs. Reed or her children'
      • Jane learns to stay in her social station (the hard way through torture) but she never comprises her sense of self or her conscience
        • 'scarlet drapery'
      • Red Room
        • Jane's personal hell
        • site of primal scene - moment when she experiences something so disturbing/incomprehensible it changes the child forever
        • represents passion, foreshadows Jane's physical and spiritual love of EFR
    • Lowood
      • discovers class/gender hierarchies
      • develops moral sense, independence, self-image
      • deprivation, loneliness and isolation
        • 'Who would think that the Evil One had already found a servant and agent in her?'
    • Moor House
      • achieves independence
      • finally gets a family
      • gains wealth
    • Thornfield Hall
      • gothic, ancestral manor of JE and EFR's romance
      • 'ghost'/'demonica laugh' not really a gothic trope but a dark secret
        • quickened with all of incident, life, fire, feeling, that I desired and had not in my actual existence
      • mystery and restlessness
      • 'the grey and battlementted hall'
    • Ferndean
      • marriage home of JE and EFR
      • away from the troubled scene of Thornfield
        • buried in woods showing seperation from world

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