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In Mrs. Hultgren’s class, senior students created artistic representations of themes in recently read Jane Eyre.
Sarah Oh shares about her artwork with the following:
My piece is meant to embody two central themes of Jane Eyre: the titular character’s independent spirit and her fiery defiance.
Throughout the book, Jane changes as she grows older, becomes more mature, and learns from new experiences. However, these two themes always remain the same as Jane always remains who she is, never truly becoming a completely different person. This piece depicts the earlier portion of the book where Jane lives at Lowood Orphanage; while it’s a safe home where she is fed, clothed, and educated, the administration is generally spartan and almost oppressive. Jane gets the worst of the situation, as the headmaster has an initial aversion for Jane thanks to the cold-hearted Mrs. Reed. Despite her unfavorable circumstances, Jane remains true to herself and never surrenders herself to anyone.
In a sea of subservient bonnets, Jane, illuminated in a patch of sunlight, maintains a piercing glare in the opposite direction of the other meek girls swarming around her. Her warmer color scheme reflects her fiery independence and contrasts against the cooler tones of the girls around her. I chose to depict Jane as clearly as possible while blurring out the other girls in order to draw the eye towards her, since the other girls are unextraordinary and bland in comparison to the main character.