An old acquaintance of Rochester's, Richard Mason, visits Thornfield and is severely injured from an attack‹apparently from Grace‹in the middle of the night in the attic. Jane, baffled by the circumstances, tends to him, and Rochester confesses to her that he made an error in the past that he hopes to overturn by marrying Miss Ingram. He says that he has another governess position for Jane lined up elsewhere. Jane returns to Gateshead for a while to see the dying Mrs. Reed. When she returns to Thornfield, Rochester says he knows Miss Ingram is after him only for his money, and he asks Jane to marry him.
Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre I have chosen the night with Mr Mason and the morning after because there is such a contrast between the two moments. The setting in both places reflects on what is happening between the people involved. The Red Room is also an important episode in the book and in Jane's life. She has been banished to the Red Room as her punishment for being naughty and this makes her very angry because it is not her fault that she is there. Her cousin, John, struck her on the head with a book for no reason and Jane had retaliated with words.
In one example Jane was keeping to herself, reading a book when her cousin John Reed decided to annoy her. John then grabbed the book and threw it at her knocking her down and cutting her on the head, which bled and was very painful. Mrs. Reed then punished Jane by sending her into the red room, the room her uncle died in, for the entire night. While in the red room Jane became terrified and thought she saw or heard the flapping of wings. The treatment Jane received caused her to become bitter and to truly dislike Mrs. Reed.
However, she also realized that her deliberate nonconformity to the Reed's concept that Jane “ought to beg, and not live here with gentleman's children like us” will lead her to harsh consequences (12). After Jane's outburst towards John, her Aunt Reed locked her in the red room. The red room was the place that her uncle died in and was rarely occupied after. During her confinement, Jane had a nervous breakdown after seeing a “glowing orb” which was supposedly the spirit of her uncle (19). This incident, while she was still confined to the red room, led her to think intently on the injustices that are placed upon by her relatives.
She is treated very ruthlessly and brutally by the family and she hates it so much. She is later sent to an Institution called Lowood which is owned by Mr.Brocklehurst in which she is also treated cruelly. However she manages to find herself a friend called Helen, who is suffering from cancer which Jane doesn't know about until later on in the story. We later on find out the harsh conditions that the children are living in and how Jane is treated by Mr. Brocklehurst as we progress through the story. In chapter 7 Charlotte Bronte reveals the harsh conditions at Lowood School (She reveals the characters backgrounds in depth).
After a fight with one of her cousins, Mrs Reed holds Jane to blame and is locked away in a red-room where past events have painted the room looking “ghost-like” and fearful. In this room she longs to be freed and as she is, there are a few occurrences in the novel where the memory of being locked in that room reminds her of her still “un-freed” life and situation. As Jane grew up into this household, she knew that there was a great contrast between herself and her two female cousins, Georgiana and Eliza. They were beautiful, granted schooling and Jane was not. Jane always hoped for these privileges, to possess beauty, attend school and to even be included in the group of Mrs Reed and her children when they would gather around and talk.
As an outcast, Jane realizes at an early age how much class affects the behavior of people in society. Jane would be punished by Mrs. Reed regularly, which may have fueled her rebellious nature. A specific example would be when Jane was sent to the “red room” by Mrs. Reed as punishment for fighting with her son. This was the room where Mrs. Reed’s husband was found dead. This shows that Mrs. Reed had absolutely no respect for Jane as an individual as Mrs. Reed knew that Jane believed that the room was haunted.
As a woman of her time, Jane has had to deal with the strain of physical appearance. This has a great effect on her mental thinking and decision making. Jane Eyre's cognitive and physical attributes have been affected by her environment throughout her life. Jane Eyre was born an orphan and raised under the hands of a heartless Aunt. Aunt Reed stressed to Jane that she was privileged to live so well without any parents.
Jane is a bildungsroman protagonist. “Jane also embodies in a strong way the Bildungsroman protagonist’s search for a model or preceptor, the clearest example of which is Miss Temple at Lowood School. Jane does not find a vocation in the modern sense of career; her journey ends in marriage and a family. But she does pursue important goas in the course of Jane Eyre, and reaching these constitutes the decisive and, in the world of the text, happy ending of her quest (Mosely). The novel begins with Jane living with her evil aunt and cousins.