Saturday, November 29, 2008

Fire and Heat 1

Fire and Heat

"A ridge of lighted heath, alive, glancing, devouring, would have been a meet emblem of my mind when I accused and menaced Mrs. Reed..." (pg. 37)

Throughout Bronte's novel, heat, and subsequently fire, are regarded as positive symbols within Jane Eyre's life. In this scene, Jane has finally told Mrs. Reed exactly how she feels and how she despises her benfactress for treating her so horribly all these years. Jane then compares her mind to a fire after finally standing up for herself. Bronte's use of "alive" emphasizes the positivity of Jane finally being independent and standing for herself. Jane's independence is an important theme within Jane Eyre, as independence is a life-long struggle for Jane.

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