The symbolism of fire and water in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre

Tóthné Bakonyi Nikoletta (2004) The symbolism of fire and water in Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre. MA/MSc, Szegedi Tudományegyetem.

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This thesis examines the symbolism of fire and water in Charlotte Brontë's most famous novel, Jane Eyre (1847). I consider to analyse how Nature, weather and the four elements build up in a complex system, and how Charlotte Bronte used this system to explore the personality of the main characters, and their relationship. I will pay special attention to fire and water imagery, both in their literal and figurative meanings. For this purpose, I will focus consecutively on Jane, Rochester, St John Rivers and Bertha Mason. And, whenever it seems possible, I will try to apply some psychoanalytic terms that might help a better understanding of this literary work, though it is not the main purpose of this study. Also, I will make some reflections on Charlotte Bronte herself, her personality and artistic credo. I will refer to several works of literary criticism written on Jane Eyre, and different dictionaries of symbols. Relying on the close reading of the text, I will prove that fire and water imagery, reflecting the characters' inner life, thoughts, mood and feelings, gives the novel an unimitable voice.


Szegedi Tudományegyetem


Gyula Juhász Teacher Training College


Angol Tanszék


Teacher Training




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Item Type: Thesis (MA/MSc)
Date: 2004
Depositing User: JGYPK Szerkesztő
Date Deposited: 2019. May. 15. 13:10
Last Modified: 2019. May. 17. 13:35

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