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IMAGERY IN VILLETTE Throughout Villette there can be found many examples of Brontes use of imagery to portray the feelings and emotions of her characters Many episodes in the novel involve friction between individuals and even within the individuals themselves the imagery employed helps the reader to understand many of these conflicts more clearly The narrator and protagonist Lucy Snowe often uses imagery especially animal imagery to describe the varying characteristics of those around her The frivolous and vain Ginevra Fanshawe for instance is initially likened to a hummingbird and a butterfly Ch14 p174 but as Lucy grows less tolerant towards her she is presented as a mealy-winged moth Ch24 p337 Polly perching on the end of her bed is described as a white bird although she also possesses the supple softness and velvet grace of a kitten Ch25 p349 Mme Becks furtive ways are compared to those of a cat Ch12 p140 yet she is also said to be as strict as a dragonCh 14 p176 The bestial qualities attached to the various characters not only give the reader an insight into Lucys views on the individuals concerned they are also indicative of her affinity with nature it is often with nature not people that Lucy feels more comfortable Certainly in the first half of the novel images of nature are frequently employed to emphasise Lucys solitude indeed the bonds which she makes with nature are the ones from which she often gains the most strength After the death of Miss Marchmont for instance Lucy takes a lonely walk accompanied by the moving mystery - The Aurora Borealis This solemn stranger is said to bring Lucy new power from which she says she is able to draw in energy Ch 5 p53 In the garden of the pensionnat we read how on summer evenings she would linger solitary to keep tryst with the moon
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