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Throughout the course of this essay I will be examining an extract from the second chapter of Charlotte Bronts Jane Eyre in which Jane finds herself locked in the Red Room I will be looking closely at the relevance of this passage to the structure of the novel overall paying close attention to the narrative devices used The novel is a fictional autobiography comprising a first-person narrative which allows the reader to see events and characters through Janes eyes and therefore increases the authenticity of the text Janes experiences within the Red Room are also portrayed solely from her own point of view giving the reader an insight into how Janes heightened nerves provoke an unnatural depiction of her surroundings The room itself is described as a vault the chair becomes a pale throne and the bed is referred to as a tabernacle The highly fanatical and superstitious tone mirrors the fact that the narrative is told from a childs perspective and also illustrates the more passionate attributes of Janes character As Jane peers into the great looking-glass a distorted reflection of herself is revealed Bront appears to use the mirror as a symbol of Janes inner self as after she studies her reflection the tone of the narrative changes and becomes a critical examination of her situation and character She views her reflection as a strange little figure or tiny phantom and her later description of Mr Rochester as a phantom could be an echo of this portrayal of herself as a child Halfway through the extract the perspective shifts to the adult Jane looking back in retrospect on her experiences within the Red Room The ceaseless inward question that could not be answered by Jane as a child is now solved demonstrating that Jane has been able to overcome the passion and anguish she felt in her youth and replace it with the composed knowledge of an adult Bront
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