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How does Bronte use weather to create atmosphere in Jane Eyre?

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Fergus Hardy How does Bronte use weather to create atmosphere in Jane Eyre? Jane Eyre is a novel, written in the Victorian era by the author Charlotte Bronte. Throughout the novel, Bronte uses good and bad weather to foretell the positive or negative outcome of an upcoming situation or a current event or situation. Charlotte Bronte quickly foreshadows the coldness and dreary future of Jane with an opening dreary cold winter setting. The lines describing this weather: "The cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and rain so penetrating, that further outdoor exercise was now out of the question. I was glad of it; I never liked long walks, especially on chilly afternoons: dreadful to me was the coming home in the raw twilight, with nipped fingers and toes, and a heart saddened by the chidings of Bessie, the nurse, and humbled by the consciousness of my physical inferiority to Eliza, John and Georgiana Reed." ...read more.

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Surely enough Miss. Temple came bearing a positive event for Jane as she treated her with cake and tea, giving Jane much comfort from the public humiliation. Another example of the good weather reflecting good atmosphere is Jane's first morning at Thornfield. The description of the sunshine seams to display a fresh, new beginning for Jane with new and exciting possibilities, a definite change in scenery for Jane, which causes her spirit to rise. "The chamber looked such a bright little place to me as the sun shone in between the gay blue chintz window and carpeted floor, so unlike the bare planks and strained plaster of Lowood, that my spirit rose at the view" page 90. This not only foreshadowed the positive mood of Jane, but also the experience she would have in the near future living in Thornfield. ...read more.

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"The great horse-chestnut at the bottom of the orchard had been struck by lightning in the night, and half of it split away." This displays the coming of tragedy and the separation of Jane and Rochester. Another instance is when Jane is walking through the Eden-like garden on "a splendid Midsummer, skies so pure, sun so radiant". The perfection of the day reflects Jane's return to Thornfield where she feels acceptance, contentment, and love. On the eve of their wedding day more of the near future is foretold. The setting is a cloudy windy night with a red moon, "her disk was blood-red, and half-overcast" I believe this prefigures what is going to happen the next day, Jane is going to find out about Rochester. Charlotte Bronte is consistent with this method of using weather to create atmosphere throughout the novel, which definitely brings a supernatural quality to Jane Eyre. ...read more.

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