Fire Symbolism In Jane Eyre

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Charlotte Brontё interprets fire in Jane Eyre to symbolize the passion being ignited but not claimed. Brontё demonstrates how the Victorian Era consisted of denying any hints of passion to assert a put-together, well suited lifestyle. Victorian women follow conformities to blend in with the social class terms rather than follow the passionate beliefs casted away. Men in the Victorian Era must defend the title of ownership and power labeled under their names by expressing themselves with superiority. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontё uses the symbol of fire to depict the suppressed passion in Victorian women and the power the men in the time period stride to possess. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontё conveys the denial of little, passionate Jane…show more content…
Where as Jane, like any Victorian woman, consistently conceals her passion for the expectations of the time period, Mr. Rochester flourishes his ego with the exposure of his passion. Moreover, Brontё displays how Mr. Rochester begins to grasp his role as a male in the Victorian Era when he learns to free his expression of his passion and devotion. Mr. Rochester wishes for the promise by Jane “‘say nothing about it’” (Brontё 179). Evidently, Brontё indicates Mr. Rochester’s fear of being exposed for the passion he senses from someone like the past, beautiful Bertha. Furthermore, Mr. Rochester’s passion draws insecurity for thinking about the mad woman he keeps hidden away, yet Brontё implies Jane being the shining light to a new passion. Jane provides Mr. Rochester with the security of a well balanced future as his passion conflicts “the oath shall be kept” (Brontё 296). Nevertheless, Brontё illustrates how Mr. Rochester’s passion transfers from the embarrassment of Bertha to the proclamation of devotion to Jane. The passion for Bertha differentiates that for Jane, as Mr. Rochester hides Bertha from the public, but he flaunts his infatuation with Jane. Renewal of Mr. Rochester’s passion extracts from Brontё metaphorically “depicts Jane throwing the waters of baptism-- spiritual rebirth-- upon Rochester” (Lamonaca 4). Water provides Mr. Rochester with rebirth, as Jane happens to be present and shining for a new direction of passion to target. As one flame burns out for Bertha, a new one arises for Jane. Charlotte Brontё compares how Mr. Rochester grows accustomed to the passion engulfing him and the embarrassment he once expressed for such a
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