Jane Eyre


Charlotte Brontë

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The Red-Room Symbol Analysis

The Red-Room Symbol Icon
The red-room symbolizes how society traps Jane by limiting her freedom due to her class, gender, and independent streak.

The Red-Room Quotes in Jane Eyre

The Jane Eyre quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Red-Room. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:
Love, Family, and Independence Theme Icon
). Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Penguin Classics edition of Jane Eyre published in 2006.
Chapter 2 Quotes
Returning, I had to cross before the looking-glass; my fascinated glance involuntarily explored the depth it revealed. All looked colder and darker in that visionary hollow than in reality: … the strange little figure there gazing at me, with a white face and arms specking the gloom, and glittering eyes of fear moving where all else was still, had the effect of a real spirit.
Related Characters: Jane Eyre (speaker)
Page Number: 18
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The Red-Room Symbol Timeline in Jane Eyre

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Red-Room appears in Jane Eyre. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1
Love, Family, and Independence Theme Icon
Social Class and Social Rules Theme Icon
...of starting the fight. As punishment, Mrs. Reed orders Jane to be locked in the red-room. The red-room is a lavishly furnished and rarely used bedroom where, nine years previous, Mrs.... (full context)
Chapter 2
Love, Family, and Independence Theme Icon
Social Class and Social Rules Theme Icon
They lock Jane alone in the red-room. Jane catches sight of her gaunt reflection in the mirror and broods on the injustice... (full context)