Imagery and Symbolism in Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre

Imagery and Symbolism

Imagery and symbolism are an author's tools that can make or break how a novel is defined. The use of these tools can imply things, suggest things or just plain make the reader think about connections. Imagery and symbolism are needed to reiterate points and establish a story line in books. The use of symbolism and imagery is illustrated in the book Jane Eyre using a number of different references.

One of the main points in the novel the of symbolism is biblical references. The character Helen Burns may be compared to the identity of Christ. Her character gives out spiritual and moral advice similar to that found in the New Testament. She believes to love in the face of enemies, frowns on vengeance and hatred. She also teaches and practices patient endurance. For instance, when Miss Scatcherd attempts to humiliate Miss Burns in the middle of her class, she does not display any emotion.

Instead she remains composed and serene in her demeanor. The Christ-like Helen Burns attempts to affirm faith in God. When dying, she informs Jane of her faith and states that she is "going to be with God." This declaration provides Jane with concrete evidence of the importance of faith.

Another type of symbolism and imagery is evident by Brontë 's use of fantasy, realism and narrative in Jane Eyre. In comparison to the book Alice in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll, the author uses the allusion of a baby to portray a rebirth of Alice's transition from child to adult. In Brontë 's Jane Eyre, a theme of growth and rebirth is also illustrated by the baby or child in the main character's dreams. The symbolism and imagery of a baby or child in Jane Eyre provides a glimpse...