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Maja AndersonMrs. MartinAP Literature and Composition17 September 2021In the famous novelJane Eyreby Charlotte Bronte, there are many different themeslinked to religion and social class, but above all,Jane Eyreis very much the story of a quest tobe loved. Jane searches, not just for romantic love, but also for a sense of being valued, ofbelonging. In many famous works of literature, authors choose to utilize foil characters tocontrast or compare distinctive characteristics and qualities of a main character.Bronte is nodifferent, as she creates many dissimilar characters to emphasize the contrasting characteristicsthat highlight thematic elements. One of the most important comparisons is between EdwardRochester and his foil, St. John. The inclusion of St. John as a foil character helps Bronteilluminate the idea of passion versus principle and its effect on Jane throughout the novel.The first main contrast between Rochester and St. John is their physical features and thesymbolism behind them. When Jane first meets St. John, she describes him as having a “pure andstraight face” and “classic nose”. “His eyes were large and blue… his high forehead, colorless asivory, was partially streaked over by careless locks of fair hair.” (329) Emphasizing on the blueeyes, ivory skin and fair hair, we can connect the character of St. John to winter. This noticeablycontrasts with the physical description of the ill-favored “dark and brooding” Mr. Rochester. Janeoften describes Rochester in the sense of heat and warmth, pointing out his “flaming and flashingeyes” (273). Many of her encounters with Rochester include fire, such as their first realconversation by the fireplace and even the fire Bertha set in Rochester's room that Jane saves him
from. “Tongues of flame darted around the bed: the curtains were on fire. In the midst of blazeand vaour, Mr. Rochester lay stretched motionless, in deep sleep.” (139) Looking closely at thatpart of the novel, we can even see the fire around Rochester representing his passion and thewater Jane uses to diffuse the flames symbolizing the principle or sensibility in return,foreshadowing to later in the novel when she turns down marriage to Rochester. Conclusively,

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