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Fire And Ice In "Jane Eyre"

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In "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte, there is much reference to the imagery of both fire and ice. Bronte uses these two conflicting substances for various reasons. For instance, they are alluding to depending on a character's mood, their current situations, and their actions. Fire and ice, though each other's anti-thesis, have alternatively positive and negative implications and connotations. The author makes it extremely evident that both fire and ice become important symbols throughout the novel.Fire has multiple connotations to it. Some relate fire to lust, passion, sexual desire, and romance, while others view it as a warm and comforting sensation. It also can be thought of as a dangerous ...view middle of the document...

Fire becomes a danger in the novel, as well. The first time Jane ever becomes suspicious of odd-behavior in Thornfield is when Bertha sets fire to Rochester's room. The fire that Bertha set was potentially devastating, but luckily when Jane smelled the smoke, the icy-water was capable of putting of the ravishing flames. Fire was also responsible for the devastation of Thornfield and Bertha's death when Bertha set Rochester's home on fire yet again.One of the most important roles that fire plays in the novel is that it stimulates and represents undeniable passion, lust, sexual-awakening, and emotion. Mr. Rochester, the man who truly evokes Jane's passion, is most often alluded to with images of fire. Eventhough he may have appeared to be cold and aloof when he was first brought into the story, it becomes quite clear that he is a warm and passionate person. When Jane's eyes meet his, Jane describes Rochester as having "flaming and flashing eyes" (245) and "ascending heart-fire" (247). It is Rochester that Jane falls passionately in love with (a fire connotation) and later returns to.While lust, passion, danger, burning, and comfort are all significant to fire, ice represents coldness, complete void of passion, paleness. In the book that Jane Eyre is reading near our first encounter with Jane, she reads that ice is like "death-white realms" (6). After just being introduced to Jane Eyre, the character Mrs. Reed is described as being a wretched and cold-hearted person. Jane even states "Mrs. Reed's hands still lay on her...

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