Bronte describes the weather outside as 'storm-beaten' and 'cold' and 'sombre'. These words do not only refer to the weather outside, but also to Jane's mood; Jane being cold herself, frozen out of a relationship with her aunt and cousins, she has nobody to talk to; a sad and lonely person. Also, in the first paragraph of the book, Jane talks about the walk the family were not allowed to go on, as it was raining. Jane does not like these walks, she speaks of them as 'dreadful' the fact that she is made to go on these walks shows the brutal treatment she is shown. She comes back cold and miserable with 'nipped fingers and toes'; this shows that she is made to tolerate pain.
The idea of ice and coldness is usually used to represent the forces that Jane must fight in order to achieve happiness and are often found in close relationship to Jane's emotional state of loneliness and despair. During the time that Jane spends at Gateshead there are many references to ice and coldness that aid the reader in discovering Jane's feelings towards her home and caregiver. While Jane's actions and experiences easily depict the physical and emotional isolation that she must endure, the reader is given a deeper insight to this early in the book while Jane is reading the History of British Birds. Within this book Jane takes a very distinctive notice of the arctic climate that is described within the book. Jane interprets this landscape as "death-white realms"(Bronte 2), which seem to convey a similar idea about her own feelings as she goes on to relate the barren landscape to images formed within her own head.
I was glad of it; I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes . . .” (1; Ch.1). Further into the novel, nature being the medium of change, Jane adopts a new perspective: “It was a fine, calm day, though very cold; I was tired of sitting still in the library through a whole long morning . .
Charlotte Bronte uses nature as a sympathetic background. The weather is miserable, cold and wet to reflect the cold, hostile atmosphere Jane encounters. "â€¦ the cold winter had brought with it clouds so sombre and a rain so penetrating." Right from the first few paragraphs it is made clear that Jane is an outsider and also humbled by the consciousness of her "physical inferiority to Eliza, John and Georgiana Reed." We see that Jane has been excluded from the family group and that her appearance contr... ... middle of paper ... ...is quite pathetic that Jane feels safe and secure when a stranger is near her and that she feels no security around her family.
Freezing or immobility is a theme ... ... middle of paper ... ... as well as a tendency to question what caused us to be left alone. Filling the void of loneliness is an experience tied to human awareness, and with that awareness comes the potential for despair, be it a temporary absence or a permanent one. The concept of loss haunts all of our nights, cold or not, as it reminds us of our own temporality in the world. Works Cited This is in progress – I just notated my sources for the draft in lieu of a fully MLA formatted works cited page. Source – Elizabeth Spires’ poem Source – Catharsis in psychoanalysis (Critical Theory by Tyson) Source – Color definition White/black http://www.phrases.org.uk/meanings/skeleton-in-the-closet.html guilty secret http://www.usingenglish.com/reference/idioms/skeleton+in+the+closet.html quoted definition 1 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Skeleton_in_the_cupboard quoted definition 2
Bronte wants the reader to sympathise with Jane from the start of the novel. We know this because of the first person narrative, which makes us engage with the character. "Jane Eyre" is a very gothic novel and is autobiographical of Bronte's life; it has five distinct stages of Jane's life, so therefore "Jane Eyre" is an example of a Bildungsroman. Bronte tries to show how hard life was for women in the 19th century. The novel begins with Jane describing the weather "â€¦cold winter windâ€¦rain so penetratingâ€¦" these cold icy images reflect Jane's treatment by the Reeds, who have never showed her any warmth or love.
Pain can be expressed in both sorrow and anger. Sappho creates great imagery in this fragmented poem by taking pain into natural moving actions. She expresses how her feelings change from hurt to anger and how heavy pain can really be. Sappho uses physical movement to express her emotions in different directions. She also emphasizes how she sees revenge is the ultimate goal in order to recover from that pain.
It promotes violence in a mild undertone making the reader eager to read on. "Cold touch" and "soft breath" give a sense of haunting and supernatural presence. These words are tangible - they personify the source of the governess's fear. In "Sequestered home" a strong notion of isolation and loneliness is presented and; accompanying these emotions we are presented with "draping curtains". This raises ambiguity and an uncertain presence.
The women in the book are of a strange fiendish-angelic nature tantalizing and terrible, and the men are indescribable out of the book itself. " The critic fills my complete expectations for what a review of this book should be. It is, in a sense, a blending of elements that make the book what it is. Both atmosphere and characters are filled with a mystery that keeps the reader drawn to the book. One of the main elements of the story that is mentioned in the review is cruelty.
Mattie came to Starkfield to as a sickly but underwent a huge transformation into a strong independent woman. “How the girl had changed since she had come to Starkfield! He remembered what a colourless slip of a thing she had looked the day he had met her at the station. And all the first winter, how she had shivered with cold when the northerly gales shook the thin clapboards and the snow beat like hail against the loose-hung windows”. Mattie is symbolized as the beauty of snow, she is comforting and pretty and one of the positives of the harsh climate of Starkfield.The way Mattie changed is surprising because the isolation drives most people crazy but she manages to use the isolation to experience growth as a person.