Jane Eyre

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‘I will fetch you a candle, sir; and in Heaven’s name, get up. Somebody has plotted something: you cannot too soon find out who and what it is.’
-Jane Eyre, page 169
In the book Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Bronte uses a great deal of imagery to help the reader visualize her scenes. I chose this specific scene and quote because I believe the words Bronte uses are not only for visualization but to show a deeper meaning. This quote is Jane exclaiming to Rochester that there is a fire in his bed and he must get out. To describe the fire, Bronte describes it in a sexual and elusive way, “Tongues of flame darted round the bed,” (168). I think the wording “tongues of flame” is an interesting way to explain the fire since the fire has taken... View More »

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I believe she uses fire to symbolize the underlying feelings of emotion and lust in the book. In this instance, Jane is extinguishing the fire and saving Rochester which shows how she diminished his past burning desire and flame, Bertha. Jane quenched his flame with the water and offered to get another candle for him as soon as he was okay. In my mind this brings up the idea of Jane wanting to light a new flame for Rochester. I think Jane wants to be Rochester’s new love and internal light and will do anything to get the chance to be with him.
Before Jane saved Rochester, she was awaken by a strange and harsh laugh, “This was a demoniac laugh-low, suppressed, and deep-uttered as it seemed, at the very key-hole of my chamber-door,” (168). As you continue to read on, you learn that the laugh came from Bertha. Bertha was the person who tried to kill Rochester in his bed. This brings up the idea of fire again in the book. I think this shows Bertha’s pent up emotions of lust for Rochester. I think Bertha still has strong feelings for Rochester and doesn’t know how to deal with them. The idea for her to have Rochester with another woman I think is detrimental to her well-being. I think this act of violence is her way of showing how she feels about Rochester. I don’t think she fully understands that Rochester is helping her by having care for her at the mansion, rather than boarding her at an asylum. This rash act was built up anger and emotion that Rochester does not take to heart. Jane explained to Rochester, “Somebody has plotted something: you cannot too soon find out ...

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