Brontë's Jane Eyre: Reinforcing the Significance of Resilience

1024 Words Jun 5th, 2012 5 Pages
HSC 2009 Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre Through its portrayal of human experience, Bronte’s Jane Eyre reinforces the significance of resilience. To what extent does your interpretation of Jane Eyre support this view? In your response, make detailed reference to the novel. Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte 1847, is a novel to which human experience and self-determination is prominent. Bronte writes with such lyrical momentum, carrying the reader throughout the novel and allowing them to get a sense of her human experience to which her resilience is evident. The significance of resilience is conveyed throughout the novel repetitively and through the thorough form of …show more content…
Then in comparison, Lowood is expressed through nature as “Flowers peeped out amongst the leaves: snowdrops, crocuses, purple auriculas, and golden-eyed pansies”. This is a binary contrast to the setting of Gateshead. Then the setting at Thornfield is illustrated by “apple-trees, pear-trees, and cherry-trees on one side, and a border on the other full of all sorts of old-fashioned flowers, stocks, sweet-Williams, primroses, pansies, mingled with southernwood, sweet-briar and various fragrant herbs.” The use of “pansies” in both the Lowood and Thornfield setting draws parallel’s between the two, thereby conveying the true comfort and happiness that both setting’s allowed for Jane. We are positioned to view the emotion to which Jane feels in each setting as a guideline to her resilience. Thus through the bildungsroman form of the text an interpretation of the novel can be formed and thereby positions us to acknowledge and place emphasis of Jane’s resilience as a character. Charlotte Bronte uses dualities as a way to express and evoke feelings from within the novel. The use of fire and ice, and warmth and coldness is used repetitively throughout the novel, embedding a sense of comfort and happiness from the warmth and fire, and con the contrast a sense of distress and angst from coldness and ice. Dramatic imagery is seen throughout once again enforcing the idea of contradicting settings, with Gateshead, “the cold