In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, she uses nature imagery to enhance the audience’s experience. The nature imagery includes fire,
ice, and lightning which are very significant in Jane Eyre. Fire and ice is used
to represent Jane and her two opposing natures. The lightning is used to symbolize the separation of Jane and Mr. Rochester.
To begin with,
Charlotte Bronte uses fire imagery to represent Jane’s spirit which is very passionate. She uses fire to associate Jane
with brightness and warmth. However, fire can also be destructive. For example, when Bertha, Mr. Rochester’s mad wife,
burns Thornfield, the fire is linked with human vivacity. Also, Bronte describes the fire in Miss Temple’s room very vividly because it indicates friendship, acquiescence, and
benevolence. Ice is used to embody the cruel forces trying to smother Jane’s liveliness. Bronte often includes images
of ice and cold to associate with desolate sceneries. The cold imagery parallel Jane’s sense of emotional exile.
chestnut tree was struck by lightning into two halves. The lightning imagery is used to foreshadow Jane and Mr. Rochester’s
separation. Also, the occurrence when Bertha splits apart the wedding veil symbolizes Mr. Rochester’s unfaithfulness
of his wife. It can also symbolize the betrayal of Jane and how he deceived her.
use of nature imagery is effective in emphasizing the symbolic relationship between Jane and Mr. Rochester. The use of fire,
ice, and lightning help her to establish the mood and illustrate the setting. The way Bronte utilizes nature imagery allows
the audience to envision everything.