In Bronte’s novel ‘Jane Eyre’ she frequently employs nature imagery to illustrate some realities that perhaps her protagonist, Jane, can’t always see; Sometimes it helps the reader understand what Jane is going through and she deals with what’s happening.
IN chapter 9, Jane is reflecting on her life at Lowood in the garden; which represents a cultural aspect as it exemplifies ‘The garden of Eden’. The garden is described as ‘glowed with flowers’ and that ‘lilies had opened’. Therefore Bronte is highlighting the journey of Jane and how much she has already developed as a main character. Fundamentally, it exaggerates the change of season which means ‘new life’ and maybe Bronte is trying to indicate that Jane has started a new life and it’s just the beginning for her future; perhaps the ‘lilies opening’ could link to Jane and how she has ‘opened’ throughout the novel.
Bronte goes on to build an element of suspense, as she finishes the paragraph with ‘A handful of herbs and blossoms to put in a coffin’. This could have a polysemic meaning because as a reader it adumbrates the death within Lowood that has devastating effects. Bronte accordingly leaves the reader with a sense of ambiguity and perhaps the contrast of ‘opening’ and ‘coffin’ portrays the lifecycle that everything experiences and perhaps signifies a sense of life and death. Moreover, the flowing elegancy of the beautiful image almost creates a ‘heavenly’ picture, then ‘coffin’ undercuts everything that’s natural. This could leave the impression that Jane is going to be put through ‘life and death’ situations.
Furthermore, Bronte’s use of water imagery expresses the need for her heroine, Jane, to find her equilibrium between the nature’s elements. ‘I was tossed on a buoyant but unquiet sea, where billows of trouble rolled under surges of joy’. Bronte mirrors Jane's movement with an extended metaphor which allows her to see her awakening desire for Rochester. Bronte’s use of the adjective ‘I was tossed’...