Jane Eyre

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The eyes are the windows to the soul in Jane Eyre. Jane is especially attracted to Mr. Rochester's black and brilliant eyes, which symbolize his temper and power. After Mr. Rochester loses his eyesight in the fire, Jane becomes his eyes: metaphorically, Jane now holds the position of mastery. Bertha has bloodshot eyes that match her violent nature. The novel also emphasizes the mind's eye—an active imagination.
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Eyes Symbol Timeline in Jane Eyre

The timeline below shows where the symbol Eyes appears in Jane Eyre. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 14
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...if Jane thinks he's handsome. Jane bluntly says no, even though she secretly admires his eyes. They converse about each other's personalities, about treating people directly and on equal terms. It... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...In the collapsing building, Rochester was badly injured: he lost a hand and lost his sight. He lives nearby in a modest house called Ferndean. (full context)
Chapter 38
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Two years into their marriage, Rochester partially regains sight in one eye in time to see the birth of their first baby: a son... (full context)