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