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Jane Eyre Figurative Language Essay

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Figurative Language in Jane Eyre and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man In Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, by James Joyce, both authors use figurative language to demonstrate how the main character developed from an adolescent into an adult by the end of the novel. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte uses figurative language to show how Jane interacts with religion. Likewise, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, has figurative language that shows Stephens development through his religious thoughts. Charlotte Brontë and James Joyce both write a coming of age story while providing different uses of figurative language to achieve the same goal of a character development throughout a text.
In Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, the
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In chapter four, Joyce starts to describe how Stephen’s life has become repetitive, although he can not see it, and how religion in this instant has taken over his life. Joyce writes, “His life seemed to have drawn near to eternity; every thought, word and deed, every instance of consciousness could be made to revibrate radiantly in heaven: and at times his sense of such immediate repercussion was so lively that he seemed to feel his soul in devotion pressing like fingers the keyboard of a great cash register and to see the amount of his purchase start forth immediately in heaven, not as a number but as a frail column of incense or as a slender flower.”(Joyce 105) Joyce uses figurative language to compare Stephens obsession and repetitiveness to that of a typewriter concluding to amounts which has no real meaning. Through this use the reader sees one of the two extremes Stephens portrays in this novel, this being the one of extreme devotion and dedication to a
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