Jane Eyre - Setting.

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In the novel, ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte, setting is used throughout the novel to illustrate the development in the character. The novel is revolved around five separate locations, ; the Reed family's home at Gateshead, the wretched Lowood School, Rochester's manor, Thornfield, the Rivers family's home at Moor House, and Rochester's rural retreat at Ferndean, these settings all play a very important part in Jane’s life as they all represent the development of Jane’s character and the different period’s of her eventful life.

We first see Jane; vulnerable and lonely at Gateshead, where the orphaned little girl resides with her bitter widowed aunt and her children. Jane is sent to the ‘Red Room’ for retaliating when her
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Rochester’s manners comfort Jane, as if he has been polite and eloquent, she would not have been so taken by his witty charm.
As time passes by at Thornfield, Rochester’s respect for Jane increases, ‘I don’t wish to treat you like an inferior’ this tells us that he sees Jane as an equal, rather than a servant – he enjoys her company. The pairs relationship soon develops due to their uncanny similarities - Rochester feels very comfortable around Jane, as does she, We know this by their conversation and talk of unconventional things, this makes them feel at ease with one another, even though they are both set in diverse social classes., this tells us that Jane, since her arrival at Thornfield Jane feels happy and respected.

The pair’s relationship is tested when Jane is woken by an eerie laugh from the hallway. She hears a door opening and hurries out of her room to discover smoke bellowing from Rochester's room. Jane darts into his room and finds his bed and curtains in flames; Jane quickly floods the bed with water saving Rochester's life. Rochester awakens and notices a panic-stricken Jane, by his side. A half awake Rochester demands that the incident was a spell ‘In the name of all elves in Christendom, is that Jane Eyre? ‘What have you done with me, sorceress?’ this yet again continues the idea of supernaturalism throughout their encounters. The scene ends with Rochester thanking Jane for rescuing him, and warns her not to inform anyone about the goings on of


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