Thursday, 25 August 2011

24_M.Davids_The Red Room

1.      Bessie: Miss Eyre behaved very badly as she had strike Mrs. Reed’s son. I and Miss Abbot had to hold Miss Eyre down, but she did not want to want to hold still, so we had to tie her down on the chair, in the Red Room. When she subsided, I loosened my hold on her. I cannot understand why Miss Eyre is behaving in such a manner, “she never did so before” (Brontë, 10) I feel sorry for Miss Eyre and felt the need to tell her that she should keep in mind that she is under Mrs. Reed’s obligation, and therefore should behave. I told her this for her own good, politely as I could. I care for her and want her to have a home here, and not to be sent away. I and Miss Abbot then left her, locking the door behind us. After a while I heard a dreadful noise, a scream, coming from Miss Eyre in the Red Room. We hurried up the stairs to see what the matter was. I was so frightened for her, I thought of all the worst things that could have happened- whether she was hurt or ill or saw something, like a ghost more likely. Miss Eyre held on to me so tightly, it was clear that she was very frightened of something. I wanted to help her out of the room, but Mrs. Reed did not endure it. We were to leave the room then, as Mrs. Reed had left her in the room, frightened. Oh, how my heart reached out for her that very moment.  

2.      I do agree with Rich’s argument that it is that moment, in the Red Room, which makes Jane Eyre determined to live with dignity, integrity and pride. After such a dreadful experience in that haunted chamber, Jane realised how abrupt and vicious this family really is. She cannot bear this cruelty, and is prepared to go anywhere as long as she can leave this house, and Gateshead. As she is being sent away to school, she thus decides to live and become a woman with dignity, integrity and pride. She wants to be the person that her benefactress has never thought she could be.

3.      I agree with the argument that Jane’s pilgrimage of experiences are in variation to the red-room motif of enclosure and escape. [That day] in the argument clearly refers to the red-room, where she was being treated unfairly and was unjustly punished. At crucial moments of the novel, where Jane Eyre has been humiliated by Mr. Brocklehurst, at Lowood in front of the entire school, she was humiliated unjustly as well according to the events that occurred at her home in Gateshead. One could hereby definitely agree that all the crucial events that occur throughout the novel are defined to have become the larger drama that occupies the entire book from the little drama, in the red-room.       

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