Gender Symbolism In Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a revolutionary novel that since first released in 1847 and ever since then has been relevant despite it being a classic piece of literature. It is not only known for its new ideas, such as a relatable female protagonist, and defying the gender constraints placed on women during that time period, but for its extensive use of symbolism throughout the novel. Symbolism occurs when seemingly meaningless words and events lead to a deeper meaning. One example is how the splitting of the chestnut tree symbolizes the upcoming break in Rochester and Jane’s relationship and how while it may be damaged but is not beyond repair. Symbolism is expressed many times from the beginning of her journey at Gateshead to the end of her journey at ferndean. The first use of symbolism is used at Gateshead and is how the name Gateshead symbolises how Jane’s aunt kept her “gated” or separated from the rest of the family.It is the beginning of all the problems that she encounters and represents the time in her life when she is imprisoned, disrespected, and belittled. Another is the red room where she is kept as punishment for acting out against John. Over time it began to represent her fears and struggles of finding love, happiness, and freedom. Also symbolic of how she is trapped by gender and social class. Thornfield represents a time in her life where she was happy and full of joy, but also felt the thorns that went along with that joy. A major symbol here is the
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