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: 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.
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.
...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)