Nature And Its Elements In Jane Eyre



The passage I have chosen to do the close critical reading on is from Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte. This passage is part of vol. II chapter 10 and is as follows:
"It was not without a certain wild pleasure I ran before the wind delivering my trouble of mind to the measureless air-torrent thundering through space. Descending the laurel-walk, I faced the wreck of the chestnut tree; it stood up, black and riven: the trunk, split down the center, gaped ghastly. The cloven halves were not broken from each other, for the firm base and strong roots kept them unsundered below; though community of vitality was destroyed - the sap could flow no more: their great boughs on each side were ...

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nests and singing idylls in your boughs; the time of love and pleasure is over with you; but you are not desolate: each of you has a comrade to sympathize with him in his decay.'"
As reflected in the passage above, nature plays an integral part as a thematic element in Jane Eyre. Charlotte Bronte consistently draws a parallel between Jane's life and nature and its elements throughout the novel. This passage seems central to the narrative because it serves as an analogy to the relationship of Mr. Rochester and Jane Eyre, the two main characters of the novel.
Once Jane Eyre has left Lowood and arrives at Thornfield, the relationship between her and Mr. Rochester seems to develop steadily. This only stands true until the night the lightning strikes the chestnut tree. We see the relationship being slowly initiated from the time we are introduced to it and are invited to watch it mature over time they spend together in the evenings and also over the periods they spend apart from ...

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of this is her walk back to Thornfield after the visit to see her dying aunt in Gateshead when she could so have easily asked for the carriage to pick her up. Also once again, we see a link drawn between mood and weather in the opening sentence of the passage i.e. the wind and her troubling mind.
The next few sentences describe what she sees and her reactions to these observations:
"Descending the laurel-walk, I faced the wreck of the chestnut tree; it stood up, black and riven: the trunk, split down the center, gaped ghastly. The cloven halves were not broken from each other, for the firm base and strong roots kept them unsundered below…"
This is a direct analogy of the events ...

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