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Religious Foreshadowing in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Essay

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Religious Foreshadowing in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Charlotte Brontë uses several different symbols to foretell events that occur in Jane Eyre. For example, Brontë uses birds to represent freedom, for which Jane longs and finally finds by the end of the novel. Fire is another symbol used by Brontë: When Bertha sets Rochester's bed on fire, "The image of fire might symbolize signifying first sinfulness, then rebirth" (Vaughon). The symbolism most fascinating, however, is the way in which Brontë uses religion throughout the novel. Indeed, Jane's world revolves around religion, and it foreshadows her life. Charlotte Brontë's own religious background is meaningful to the text. She was raised in a religious home where daily…show more content…
22). The foreshadowing is clearly seen when Jane travels to Lowood Institution, where Jane lives for a period of time. The land of the Philistines is a hostile environment for Abraham, much like Lowood Institution is a hostile environment for Jane. The living conditions that Jane has to endure during her early years at Lowood are deplorable. The cheap quality of the clothes, the small quantity of food served, and the physical and emotional abuse Jane receives would be enough to cause anyone to lose his or her faith in God. Mr. Brocklehurst will test Jane's faith in God when he has Jane stand on a stool in the middle of the schoolroom, and proclaims: "Teachers, you must watch her: keep your eyes on her movements, weigh well her words, scrutinise her actions, punish her body to save her soul: if, indeed such salvation be possible, the girl, this child, the native of a Christian land, worse than many a little heathen who says its prayers to Brahma and kneels before Juggernaut--this girl is--a lair!" (Brontë 58). Abraham did not lose his faith in God, nor did Jane lose her faith in God: "I desired liberty; for liberty I gasped; for liberty I uttered a prayer ..." (Brontë 74). Brontë also uses the scripture to foreshadow another event that occured while Jane was away at Lowood Institution. Mrs. Reed received a letter from Jane's Uncle John stating that he wished to make Jane his heir. Mrs. Reed tells him that Jane
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