Gateshead Hall

  • Gateshead Hall
  • Gateshead Hall

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"Folds of scarlet drapery shut in my view to the right hand; to the left were the clear panes of glass, protecting, but not separating me from the drear November day." 

Elegant and diginified, Gateshead Hall is perfect for someone who appreciated the finer things in life. This house is a safe place, with large windows perfect for reading by. "Scarlet drapery" is a reoccurring motif in this house, and there is a antique bedroom decorated in red. A symbol of obstacles and imprisonment, this room may not be the best fit for someone who enjoys being outdoors in open spaces. Gateshead is a symbol of the beginning of Jane's life as well as the beginning of her struggles.

"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. If they did not love me, in fact, as little did I love them."

An orphan raised by her cold and cruel aunt, Jane is miserable at Gateshead Hall. She feels trapped and imprisoned. Jane's time here is significant, because it is where we first see her passionate and out of control side. As an adult, she is much more calm, but her emotional side comes out at Thornfield and the Moor House when she has to make a choice that could go against her values. Jane's intense emotions are shown in this quote by how dramatic her feelings are. She believes her family does not love her and does not hesitate to tell them that she does not love them either.

Mrs. Reed
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A review from past resident, Mrs. Reed:

"Gateshead is my beautiful home. I've lived here for a very long time and it is filled with antique furniture and belongings that have been passed down by my family. I raised my three beautiful children here. It was the perfect place for them to grow up. I also had the burden of raising my insufferable niece who was nothing but nasty to her cousins and me. Once I sent her off to Lowood, I my household was much happier and calm."