Mirrors and Windows Symbolism Book Review

Mirrors and Windows Symbolism
An explanation of the symbolism used in Charlotte Bronte's ''Jane Eyre.''
# 144756 | 1,659 words | 3 sources | MLA | 2010 | US
Published on Oct 03, 2010 in Literature (English)

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This paper provides an outline of ''Jane Eyre'', the novel by Charlotte Bronte and describes the way in which she uses mirrors and windows to symbolize Jane's need for freedom. The paper also describes how Jane grows up to be a self-empowered woman who finds her true identity and how the mirror symbolism reflects Jane's identity, and the window symbolism shows her feelings of freedom or entrapment.

From the Paper:

''In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte tells a story of Jane's self realization and how the views she has of herself change as she grows older. It also shows how she gains freedom and independence as she flourishes into a young woman. Jane ventures through suffering in her childhood, to obtaining a job, as well as falling in love with a married man. Jane builds her own identity as she experiences different situations throughout her youth. To enforce Jane's feelings of her identity, Bronte includes Jane seeing herself in the mirror, and windows to create a sense of freedom for Jane, as well as a barrier to freedom.
''At the beginning of Jane Eyre, Jane is an unloved orphan in her childhood and she is trapped at Gateshead, her Aunt Reed's house. The Reeds treat her as inferior to them, and they always treat her with disrespect and cruelty (Bloom). She reads a book about birds while sitting by the window. The birds represent the freedom she wishes to have and the window is the barrier to that freedom and the outside world.''

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Bloom, Harold, ed. "Jane Eyre." The Brontes, Bloom's Major Novelists. Philadelphia: Chelsea House Publishing, 1999. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&SID=5&iPin BMNBron13 & Single Record=True (accessed January 25, 2010).
  • Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. 3rd ed. New York: Bantam Classic, 1848. Print.
  • Snodgrass, Mary Ellen. "Jane Eyre." Encyclopedia of Feminist Literature. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2006. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc.http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&SID=5&iPin=EFL607&SingleRecord=True (accessed January 25, 2010).-Encyclopedia of Gothic Literature. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2005. Bloom's Literary Reference Online. Facts On File, Inc. http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&SID=5&iPin=EGL121&SingleRecord=True (accessed January 25, 2010).

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