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Critics such as Adrienne Rich argue that Jane Eyre has to choose between the temptation of following the rule of passion by marrying Rochester which would have made her dependent on him and not his equal or of living a life of complete renunciation of all passions by marrying St John Rivers Fire and water imagery symbolises the two forces competing for dominance in Jane Eyre both on a personal and metaphorical level Throughout the novel such imagery is used by Bront in keeping with her use of much poetic symbolism to develop character strengthen thematic detail and establish moodThe general use of imagery requires mention In most novels imagery is commonly used to symbolise a certain idea or concept such as the lightning imagery used in Wuthering Heights Imagery can also be used to represent underlying themes of the novel or to provide dramatic effect and mood In Jane Eyre fire imagery has a strong metaphorical significance representing passion sexual desire and the heat of emotion and feeling On a very basic level one can already note the underlying significance for Bronts use of fire imagery - fire as is with the passions can provide warmth and comfort but can also burn With water imagery it is useful to consider that such imagery includes natural imagery of ice sea and snow all common features in the novel Water the antithesis of fire represents the extreme point of cool reason without any trace of passion As we see Jane wander between these two points of temptation throughout the novel the accompanying imagery of fire and water is most significant to our understanding of the themes and concerns of the novel Fire imagery is used by Bront to develop Janes character throughout the novel As the novel progresses the corresponding imagery changes to show different aspects of Janes character We see Janes overly passionate nature through her punishment at Gateshead She is unable to control her
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