So sorry I’ve been MIA lately–I’ve been traveling, doing the holidays, and dealing with some personal things. Hope you all enjoyed a wonderful Christmas. I can’t believe 2015 is just around the corner!
Sundays with Jane is all about delving into the richness that is Jane Eyre. It’s a book I re-read every year because it never fails to impress and provoke me. I’ve learned so many lessons from this book, and there are so many quotes that have applied at different times to my life.
This week I want to cover one of the popular themes in JE: fire and ice. It’s a topic covered by countless English undergrads, and for good reason—Charlotte Bronte is a master of metaphor. And you can’t possibly miss all of the fire/heat/ice/cold talk in this book; it’s everywhere. So I’m not going to list or discuss all the instances of this metaphor, because that would take days and has been done many times elsewhere; instead, we’re just going to talk about a few that shed insight into the lives of the characters.
It’s no secret that Jane’s personality is described many times throughout the book as fiery. (This is why I’m always surprised by movie adaptations where Jane is sullen, silent, and meek. Have these people read the book?!) Sometimes, Jane’s fire is a positive force, and sometimes it is a negative one. One of my favorite quotes from JE comes after Jane’s famous quarrel with Aunt Reed:Continue Reading