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What is significant about the fire in Chapter 15 of Charlotte Brontë's novel Jane Eyre?

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The episode involving the fire in Chapter 15 of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre is significant for a number of reasons, including those already mentioned in the answer above.  However, the episode is important for the following reasons as well:

  • It foreshadows the much more serious fire later in the novel. This fire is put out rather easily; the later one will not be.
  • It foreshadows the much more serious fate that will befall Mr. Rochester as a result of the later fire. Here he is saved fairly easily; later he will be badly burned.
  • It shows Jane’s desire to help and protect Mr. Rochester; by the end of the novel she will be helping and protecting him far more than she does here.
  • It suggests that someone in the house...

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