Sidharth Vardhan

The Red Room Scares of Jane Eyre

(Review of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë) “Do you never laugh, Miss Eyre?” Something that is commonly ignored in most feminist and romantic readings is that ‘Jane Eyre’ has earned Bronte a status as a predecessor of James Joyce and Proust in consciousness studies. Some childhood experiences, as any cyber-psychologist will tell you, will shape our consciousness and temperaments for life. With Jane, the memory is that of Red-room. After the incidence, Jane is constantly fleeing the three things that made it so scary – loneliness, submissiveness and closed places. Notice how frequently she is outdoor through out novel. She left her house, then Lowood and Thornfield fleeing one or other of the three but other characters in novel seems to have suffered them too. There is also that sadness about her – although she is not meloncholy but she is not really cheerful either. She believed she was locked in Red-room because of her plain looks and with those looks, no one will ever love her. Red-room and Bertha “If there is such a thing as good marriage than it is because it resembles friendship rather than love.” – Gabriel Marcuez Red room I had this friend in school. Whenever