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Jane Eyre Literary Analysis In the novel Jane Eyre the motif of fire is the most predominant symbol in the book It is used to symbolize conflicts danger and of comfort The motif of fire is shown through three main examples Mrs Temples fire Mr Rochesters fire and St Johns fire When Jane is living at Lowood Jane sees Mrs Temple as her first true adult friend Her comfort of Mrs Temple is shown through Janes description of her fire Eyre describes the fire as something of a physical comfort not of terror The fire is used as a symbol of kindness and friendship as well as acceptance as an equal to Mrs Temple This scene is in direct contrast of what Lowood is like Lowood is described as a cold and dark place-the total opposite of Mrs Temples room Another example of the positive side of fire is Janes reliance in light Everywhere in Lowood is very dim and Jane needs a candle to see This shows her conflict to be self-reliant yet she does need aid from others Mr Rochesters fire shows the dangers hiding at Thornfield as Mr Rochester is almost killed in his room by a fire Thornfield manor is a complete contrast to Lowood Thornfield is warm kind and loving but Lowood was dark damp cold and desolate Mr Rochesters fire is also foreshadowing of hidden struggles within Thornfield unbeknownst to the reader at the time of the fire When the wedding is cancelled due to Rochesters past coming back to haunt the all-consuming fire comes back into play as Rochester asks Jane to be his mistress which would be extremely insulting and morally unethical for Jane This scene is drawn out further by the destruction of Thornfield by fire which was set by Rochesters insane wife Bertha This fire shows the tremendous appetite love has Rochester was damaged emotionally by his past and present conflicting together and was
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