Jane Eyre

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Jane's First Painting


Jane describes one of the paintings she created at Lowood, explaining:

One gleam of light lifted into relief a half-submerged mast, on which sat a cormorant, dark and large, with wings flecked with foam; its beak held a gold bracelet set with gems, that I had touched with as brilliant tints as my palette could yield, and as glittering distinctness as my pencil could impart.

What is the significance of this Biblical​ allusion created through the "gleam" of gold and gems?


The allusion represents Jane's eventual triumph over Blanche.


The allusion foreshadows the death of Jane's uncle.


The allusion presents the idea that materialism leads to misery and moral decay.


The allusion represents Jane's discomfort with Rochester's desire to buy dresses and jewels for her.


The allusion represents Jane's freedom from the people in her life who attempted to hold her back.