In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, she uses literary devices such as conventions and symbolism in order to relate
to the audience. Even though the book portrays Jane Eyre as a strong-willed, coarse woman, after further investigation, she
is also considered the average Victorian woman of the time. In Bronte’s book, symbolism is replete throughout the book.
It helps represents and foreshadows the events that will occur.
of all, Jane Eyre is brought up at her aunt’s house where she was mistreated. She went to study at Lowood where she
spends her girlhood and where she teaches later on. It is at Thornfield Hall, Mr. Rochester’s manor house, that Jane
Eyre is considered the average Victorian woman. As a young girl, she has experienced captivity and rebellion, but she adapts
and understands her place in society. In the end, she cooperates by society’s rules which reward her with a happy life.
Much like a Victorian woman of the time, Jane Eyre knows who she is and what her place in society is. It is important in relating
to the audience and depicting women during that era.
Bronte incorporates symbolism throughout the book. For instance, Bertha’s tearing of the wedding veil represents Mr.
Rochester’s betrayal of both his wives, Bertha and Jane. This event also helped to foreshadow the separation of Mr.
Rochester and his wives. Bertha dies in the fire and Jane cannot stand to live with him so she leaves. His deception and betrayal
hurt both himself and his wives. The symbolism used in the book allows the audience to understand the mistakes that occur
through a person’s life.