Jane Eyre

Through an analysis of the two passages, develop a discussion of the novel, Jane Eyre

Throughout the two passages, Charlotte Bronte’s language and the use of the natural world setting are subtle, and the reader must use them as a means to explore Jane Eyre’s thoughts and feelings. The context of these passages are easily outlined: in the empty land of Hay, and in the orchard of Thornfield The setting of the two passages are juxtaposed, where the first passage is set in the punitive winter night of Hay, and the second passage is set in the luminous summer day of Thornfield Hall. The placidity of the first passage, ‘utter solitude and leafless repose’, is contrasted to the fervidity of the second passage, ‘day its fervid fires has wasted…’ Both passages signal things to come. This is linked to Jane’s emotional being, which is elucidated through the setting, the weather, and the natural world. Jane’s resilience of youth, and her restrained passion, are subtly exposed throughout the passages.
‘I did not feel the cold, though it froze keenly’. Jane had a sense of strength and hope that, although she had to endure the harsh weather conditions, she will not fall down. In this passage, Jane possesses Helen’s characteristic; her tranquility. Helen was nonchalant about all the brutality that she had to endure in the Lowood Institution. Jane, possessing her trait, also feels indifferent about the uninviting weather, and is dedicated to withstand any circumstances that she may face. Bronte has associated the weather to Jane’s state of development, in which she feels the urge to continue, and never give up to any circumstance, so that she may eventually attain what she has yearned for: a place ‘with all of incident, life, fire, feeling’. Jane resented the places that lacked ‘life’, which is explicitly expressed through the author’s description of winter’s ‘utter solitude’ and ‘leafless repose’, that ‘if a breath of air stirred, it made no sound here’, and through Bronte’...