The symbolism of art in jane eyre by charlotte bronte

Only after Jane has asserted herself, gained financial independence, and found a spiritual family—which turns out to be her real family—can she wed Rochester and find freedom in and through marriage.

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In another instance of dream confusion, the day after Rochester asks Jane to marry him, Jane wonders "if it were a dream" 2. In accordance with Bessie's beliefs, Jane's visions bring her trouble. In any case, the dreams give marriage-anxious Jane an uneasy "intimation of what it would be like to become other than herself" Homans Dreams in Jane Eyre thus serve several complex functions. The barrier separating Jane and Rochester in her dream represents Rochester's preexisting marriage to Bertha Mason, a force that stands between Jane's union with him. She wanders around the ruined estate, clutching the child because she "might not lay it down anywhere, however tired were my arms however much its weight impeded my progress" 1. During their first extended conversation, Rochester questions Jane about her skills and abilities and sees them as no more than average until he begins to look at the pictures in her portfolio. They reveal her great awareness for dreams. Adams argues that the pictures represent the scope of Jane's unconscious life. In volume two, chapter six, Jane herself begins having dreams about children. Jane has another symbolic dream the night she decides to leave Rochester and Thornfield. Fairfax tells Jane that the laugh she perceived was not real by saying "you must have been dreaming" 2. Jane wakes up from one of her dreams to the murderous cry of Bertha Mason, Rochester's mad wife whom he keeps locked in the attic of Thornfield. Jane wakes from the second dream to discover Bertha Mason tearing her wedding dress.

Gilbert, Sandra M and Gubar, Susan. It is what one can see behind the words. Did I wake or sleep? The wall crumbles and she and they baby fall away as she wakes. She tries to catch up to him, but her entreaties are muffled and her steps slowed, and Rochester walks farther and farther away.

They reveal her great awareness for dreams. Rochester assures her that her vision was "half dream, half reality," claiming that the woman Jane saw was Grace Poole and that her state "between sleeping and waking" caused her to envision the Grace in a hideous form 2.

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The day after that, Jane finds out that her cousin John has died and her Aunt Reed lies on her deathbed. The third image, "depicts the ice-bound landscape of Jane's despair" Adams Jane remains unconvinced and replies heatedly, "I was not dreaming" 2.

Its decreased foreboding corresponds with Jane's release from marital apprehension as she decides to leave Thornfield. Twice, Rochester and his servant Mrs. Dreams can also serve as complex representations for events in Jane's life.

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