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A charade involves playing pretend a childhood game Charades can involve playing pretend for adults as well Charades proves to be an especially entertaining and intricate game in Charlotte Brontes novel Jane Eyre As Mr Rochester entertains his guests at Thornfield he and his high-class cohorts engage in a seemingly lighthearted game of charades however it is anything but blithe Rochester and his team act out a scene called Bridewell a British prison This charade the characters involved and the way it is displayed holds implications for the novel as a whole This game of charades is exemplary of many situations throughout the novel in which Jane experiences general exclusion from people who surround her comparisons with other females and Mr Rochesters relationship with Bertha Throughout this game of charades spoken of in chapter 18 Jane is excluded Even before the game begins she is separated from those around her She says I wondered what they were going to do the first evening a change of entertainment was proposed they spoke of playing charades but in my ignorance I did not understand the term Bronte 187After the preparations for the game are completed Mr Rochester and his men are choosing players Mr Rochester asks Jane if she will play and she refuses Therefore Janes exclusion is of her own
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