Jane Eyre Looks Good in Red

So in the 2006 version of Jane Eyre, there is a whole lot of use of the color red.

I’m pretty sure I don’t have to spell out what the significance of the “red” trope is, considering that we see it in a number of telling places, including (but not limited to) (1) around Jane’s neck after she falls in love with Rochester, (2) streaming out the window of the third floor of the north tower, and (3) swaddling the young Jane Eyre as she enjoys her imaginative travels through her “escape book.”

Unbridled passion; primal animal instinct; the true self unbound by conventions of society — we could argue about what it all means. And believe me, I would relish a good, meaty conversation about the symbolism of the color red in Jane Eyre. I actually love That Sort Of Thing.

But tonight I am hungry, and need to take a shower before I go out for dinner with Melissa, and then repair to her abode for another viewing of that delightful film that so obsesses us.

So instead I will just show you some pictures of the red neck tie — based on the one Ruth Wilson wears in the movie — that I knitted up last weekend while watching. It’s a little rough, but it was just for fun, and let’s be honest, I was more than a little distracted at times.

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If you’re interested in getting the pattern from me, let me know in the comments! It is a little bit of a tricksy construction, with a fair bit of hocus pocus going on where the two ends meet in front, and I’d be happy to share if there’s any interest.

Right now, though, my unbridled passion (THE BEAST WITHIN) is focused solely on the dinner that awaits me.

And, of course, the dark, intoxicating hours beyond.

5 Thoughts.

  1. Love it! It looks really great. And way to go on the knitting while you watched and swooned. I had to take breaks from sewing the last time I watched it in the studio because I was afraid I might sew over my fingers. Darn Rochester. 😉

  2. Well, sure — but that just backs up the sense that it’s about primal emotions, uncontrollable passion, etc. Jane is despised at the Reeds’ home because of her passionate nature, so opposite to the simpering, complaint personality expected out of children at the time. She faints with the overwhelming passion she feels about the injustice of her life with the Reeds, which all comes to head during the Red Room episode. Uncle Reed comes back as an avenging spirit (in Jane’s mind, at least), because of the magnitude of the injustice.

    Passion here doesn’t only refer to pleasant sensations — but simply those that are overpowering. I think the Red Room fits in this category perfectly. :)

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