Jane Eyre

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Fire and Ice Symbol Analysis

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Fire is a symbol of emotion in the novel. Mr. Rochester has a fiery personality, while St. John is associated with ice and snow, symbolizing his dispassionate character. Jane draws arctic scenes in her portfolio that symbolize death. She wants the vitality that fire brings, but also to keep it under control. On the other hand, Bertha Mason, who has no control over her feelings, is a pyromaniac. The inferno at Thornfield illustrates the danger of letting the passions run wild.
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Fire and Ice Symbol Timeline in Jane Eyre

The timeline below shows where the symbol Fire and Ice appears in Jane Eyre. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 15
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...and sees smoke coming from Rochester's bedroom—Rochester is asleep, but his bed curtains are on fire. She douses the curtains with water, putting out the fire and saving his life. (full context)
Chapter 33
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The following night, St. John fights through the snow to visit Jane. He tells her a story which, to Jane's astonishment, is her own... (full context)
Chapter 36
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...from the proprietor of a local inn. Bertha escaped and set Jane's old bedroom on fire. As the inferno spread, Rochester helped all the servants get out safely. But he could... (full context)