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Kyle Gilbert December 11 2001 English AP 4 NATURE Discerning the true qualities of a character in literature proves difficult in many cases To ensure total comprehension of the aspects of a character authors often utilize imagery to parallel the personality of their characters As we have seen the literal is historically associated with nature Homans 114 Charlotte Bronte is one such author who employs patterns of her imagery to enhance interpretation Gilbert and Gubar 64 Imagery specifically in the form of nature exists dualistically with the traits of Jane Eyre for whom the novel is titled Throughout the progression of life in the novel Jane Eyre nature provides an insight into Janes emotion Gateshead Hall serves as a habitation corresponding to a stage in her mental development to conceive the literary life of Jane Eyre Gateshead 32 Janes recorded life begins at Gateshead Hall and is immediately paralleled with nature The connection between Janes inner and outer landscapes is established in the very opening of the novel she is as vulnerable to the penetrating rain 39 as to the hostility of those around her Gateshead 33 Proving the foreshadowing of nature Jane experiences sever hostility at Gateshead Hall Also natures dualistic relationship with Jane takes shape early in Janes stay at Gateshead through wandering in a bleak landscape representative of her psychological condition Gateshead 33 Jane is fundamentally a nomad-an orphan with no roots and little knowledge of her beginnings which is seen through her early directionless wandering Gateshead 33 The ruthless atrocities Jane experiences at Gateshead provide her with a need to escape that Jane is so timid that she cannot realize Gateshead 33 However prior to Janes realization of a physical need to escape subconsciously she turns from people to nature Gateshead 33 When she hides behind the window curtains Jane looks through window to nature and is shrined in the double retirement 39 of
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