Jane Eyre Foreshadowing Assignment

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Hints of the future
“The way of a man’s heart will be foreshadowed by what goodness lies in him coming from above, and from around, but a way foreshadowing is not a way made” (Donald G. Mitchell). In the novel “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Brontë a girl named Jane has to overcome many hardships throughout her life. Many events in the story give the reader an idea of what will happen to Jane at certain points in the novel. Weather in this story has played an important part in foreshadowing Jane’s actions and thoughts throughout her life.
First of all, the story begins with a rainy day where Jane cannot leave her house. This rain is very important because it is the first event that happens in the novel. “The cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so somber, and a rain so penetrating, that further outdoor exercise was now out of the question” (Bronte 9). The hard rain in this quote gives the reader a hint that something bad will happen. I say this because hard rain can represent something gloomy or something bad. Later on we see how this hint or foreshadowing event came true because inside Gateshead Jane’s aunt and cousins abuse her because she is different.
The next important event that happens is when Jane falls in love with a man named Mr. Rochester. He finally proposes to her in front of a chestnut tree minutes before a storm. During the storm a ray of lightning strikes the tree and splits it in half. “Little Adele came running in to tell me that the great horse chestnut at the bottom of the orchard had been struck by lightning in the night and half of it split away”(Bronte 296). The lightning in this section foreshadows how Jane and Rochester’s love will turn out. In this case their love will not work out because the lightning split...

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