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Charlotte Bronte / Jane Eyre


This is Charlotte’s major work, needless to mention, adapted for the film in French a year ago (how many times?), which drew attention on the novel itself. Without exception, it is hard to choose a virtue of classical masterpieces to introduce, so that I’ll show what the novel is following the theme of nature, my literary study.

When a strong influence by Romantic tradition was lingered, Jane Eyre succeeds to the theme of correlation between nature and mind, really particular to Wordsworth. Not having enlightened eyes, one must immediately notice that nature is lively described in the novel, which is resonant to mind of Jane. However what nature represent is not merely mind of characters, but what is ranged from social condition, conventions to a tyrannical power of landowners. Particularly Thornfield is the most noticeable garden in which love between Jane and Rochester is nurtured.

An appearance of the garden, “Eden-like” nature Jane describes, is a sign predicting her blissful presence and future with Rochester. It strongly impresses on the reader her prospect filled with bliss and brightness. On the other hand, it should not be forgotten that this is merely a “garden”—that is to say, only an artificial nature Rochester made. When he mentions, “here...all is real, sweet, and pure”, a sense of enantiosis might be included in it. A lavish garden, a splendid mansion, and liberal life, such veils conceal his secret that he imprisons his mad wife Bartha in the attic, namely, his sinful past. Jane doesn’t notice her blissful future is impossible to be fulfilled, due to his bigamous marriage, unless the fact is revealed.

In this way the garden of Thornfield represents their love relationship and Rochester's deceptive attempt to conceal his own secret. In Jane Eyre, various colours of the meaning objects have is gradually diversified through our readings. So I'll recommend this work as a literary standard.