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Commentary on Jane Eyre This particular excerpt of Charlotte Brntes Jane Eyre is in prose told in a first person narrative It is about the last moments that Jane Eyre is locked in the red room after being wrongly accused of pouncing on Mrs Reeds son in which her mind has drifted off to the topic of ghosts and spirits coming back from the dead to take revenge on the living and then upon thinking she has seen a ghost flies into a panic waking the whole household and being severely scolded The first thing that caught my eye about this passage was that in the first paragraph there seems to be an abundant use of dashes To me the text between the dashes like for example I doubted not - never doubted - that if Mr Reed Mr Reeds spirit might quit its abode - whether in the church vault or in the unknown world of the departed - and rise before me sound like a sort of aside something not quite directed at the reader but more like an inward comment made by the narrator to herself Brnte takes the reader further into Jane Eyres world by giving us little glimpses of her own thoughts which are not embedded in the rest of the text emphasising her points very well also by making us feel closer to her The excerpt is structured quite simply the beginning and the end where Jane is by herself in the room is just in prose telling us what Janes thoughts and feelings are whereas when Bessie Abbot and Mrs Reed arrive on the scene there is a dialogue I also thought it quite curious how Brnte makes such a clear distinction between prose and the dialogue the dialogue is continuous all the characters speeches run into each other and one is not told what any of them are thinking except through
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