Reason and Passion in Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre Essay
In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte uses various characters to represent aspects of reason and passion, thereby establishing a tension between the two. In fact, it could be argued that these various characters are really aspects of her central character, Jane. From this it could be argued that the tension between these two aspects really takes place only within her mind. Bronte is able to enact this tension through her characters and thus show dramatically the journey of a woman striving for balance within her character. As a prerequisite for marriage, Jane uses this determination in her relationships with Mr. Rochester and St. John.
Passion and reason, their opposition and eventual …show more content…
Bronte uses fire and ice imagery to symbolize reason and passion. Ice may be hewn into any form, where it will remain fixed and perfect as long as it stays frozen. Fire on the other hand can be hard to control. It cannot be molded into exact shapes, it is constantly changing, and if unchecked will consume the ground on which it burns, leaving black cinders and ash. This creates the choice between