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Jane Eyre - Analysis of Nature Charlotte Bronte makes use of nature imagery throughout Jane Eyre and comments on both the human relationship with the outdoors and human nature Websters Collegiate Dictionary defines nature as 1 the phenomena of the physical world as a whole 2 a things essential qualities a persons or animals innate character 4 vital force functions or needs It will be seen how Jane Eyre comments on all of these Several natural themes run through the novel one of which is the image of a stormy sea After Jane saves Rochesters life she gives us the following metaphor of their relationship Till morning dawned I was tossed on a buoyant but unquiet sea I thought sometimes I saw beyond its wild waters a shore now and then a freshening gale wakened by hope bore my spirit triumphantly towards the bourne but a counteracting breeze blew off land and continually drove me back The gale is all the forces that prevent Janes union with Rochester Later Bront whether it be intentional or not conjures up the image of a buoyant sea when Rochester says of Jane Your habitual expression in those days Jane was not buoyant In fact it is this buoyancy of Janes relationship with Rochester that keeps Jane afloat at her time of crisis Another recurrent image is Bronts treatment of Birds We first witness Janes fascination when she
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