Exposition Analysis of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

The initial setting in the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë symbolizes the changes in Jane Eyre’s life. The exposition of this novel takes place in Gateshead Hall, where Jane lives with the Reeds. First of all, the names of the places in the exposition are not only places but also has a deeper meaning to it. For example, Gateshead Hall, where she spent her childhood with the Reeds, symbolizes her “gateway” or entrance to the rest of the world, to a new world, and the “head” of her problems and misery. The quote “I was a discord in Gateshead Hall: I was like nobody there; I had nothing in harmony with Mrs. Reed or her children, or her chosen vassalage.” (page 13) shows how “out of place” Jane was compared to the Reed children, and how she felt about it. She knew how the Reeds treated her, but she didn’t feel how cold-blooded they were until she was locked in “the Red Room.” “Shaking my hair from my eyes, I lifted my head and tried to look boldly round the dark room: at this moment a light gleamed on the wall. Was it, I asked myself, a ray from the moon penetrating some aperture in the blind? No; moonlight was still, and this stirred; while I gazed, it glided up to the ceiling and quivered over my head. I can now conjecture readily that this streak of light was, in all likely hood, a gleam from a lantern, carried by someone across the lawn: but then, prepared as my mind was for horror, shaken as my nerves were by agitation, I thought the swift-darting beam was a herald of some coming vision from another world. My heart beat thick, my head grew hot; a sound filled my ears, which I deemed the rushing of wings: something seemed near me; I was oppressed, suffocated: endurance broke down—I uttered a wild, involuntary cry—I rushed to the door and shook the lock in a desperate effort.” (page 15) This is when Jane showed her fears of the Red Room, of a possibility that she’s locked in there with her Uncle Reed’s ghost. The Red Room represented Hell, as Jane became rather wary of sin after she spent time in the Red Room. Therefore, this represented indescribable trauma and suffering, as Jane lost consciousness because she couldn’t deal with the situation, and she can never put the problem into words. Whenever Jane suffers in her future, it takes her emotionally back to the Red Room. In conclusion, the setting of this novel symbolizes the beginning of Jane Eyre’s problems and misery in finding herself, how she feels about her new life and family.

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“Sinister” by Sophia Wu – A found poem

 

This found poem is the project I created for the theme of the short story “The Monkey’s Paw” by William W. Jacobs.

 

I picked this particular background because the grave/cross represents Herbert’s grave, as said on page 4, line 215, “Having buried their son in the huge new cemetery two miles away, the old couple came back to a house full of shadow and silence.” The background also includes a Grim Reaper, which is the personification of death, to represent the theme of death and fate in the short story.

 

“He wanted to show that fate ruled people’s lives, and that to interfere with fate only caused deep sadness.”

 

I believe that quote from page 1, line 58, is the theme of the story. In my found poem, I decided to use the words “Bring him back” and “Wish, wish”, with the word “death” and made it the largest sized word in the poem to add a strong feeling to represent the theme of poem. “Bring him back” and “wish, wish” represented the theme of fate in “The Monkey’s Paw” because “wish, wish” meant that Mrs. White wanted Mr. White to use the second wish to “Bring him (their son Herbert) back” from the dead. The word “death” and the phrases “the sinister meaner” and “not in any pain” represented how Herbert died because of the wish Mr. White made for 200 pounds, and what the words the man from Maw and Meggins meant to Mr. and Mrs. White. The words “fate” and “fear” was also made bigger than the other words because it was key words of the theme. The words “scraping”, “groping” and “breathless,” and the phrases “face was pale” and disappointment and misery” represented the state Mr. and Mrs. White was in while Herbert, back from the dead, started knocking on their door, and when Mrs. White realized that Herbert wasn’t at the door when she saw the empty streets.

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30 word poem of me!

Only 13 years of age

By Sophia Wu

 

Only 13 years of age

From Braised Pork to Peking Duck

Political debate in my home

Has never stopped

Football meets knitting clubs

Basketball games baking cakes

Denigration and sarcasm

Never tore me down

Creating Fashion Items with Scrap Fabric and Old T-shirts

For OneDay, I chose to work on textiles and handicrafts. I’ve always enjoyed making things and crafting, so it was an easy choice for me. I decided to work on making headbands from scrap fabrics and old t-shirts.

This was my workstation after starting. Ms Krista provided me with rolls of elastic, scrap fabrics and a sewing machine. I also brought in some old t-shirts to work with.

Firstly, I spent quite a while trying to figure out how the sewing machine worked because it was very different from the one I use at home.

I decided to make different styles of headbands. For a start, I made a fabric headband with a different patterned fabric on each side by following a youtube tutorial. I spent the longest time on this because it was my first time trying to make a fabric headband, and the results were pleasing, though it was slightly short.

 These were the final results.

For the second style, I cut some old t-shirts for the materials, and used a braiding technique for this.

 This was taken during the process.

 Final results.

 

For the last two, I made a crossed-over headband using an old tie-dye t-shirt, and a knotted headband using a yellow t-shirt.

 Final results.

Overall, I learnt a lot from OneDay. I managed to create new things from recycled materials, and learnt new crafting skills. Creating new things from old materials is much cheaper than store-bought products, and makes it much more customisable. During OneDay, I also made new friends. I got to know Kelly, Olivia, Jenna, and Michelle better, and helped each other. I loved the overall experience, and am looking forward to next year!