Sunday, November 30, 2008

Liars in the Lake

“ ‘Deceit is, indeed, a sad fault in a child,’ said Mr. Brocklehurst; ‘it is akin to falsehood and all liars will have their portion in the lake burning with fire and brimstone’ ” (31).

Brontë references the biblical lake of fire and brimstone where those who have committed wicked crimes are sent after death. This is meant to scare Jane to keep her from lying, but it also adds to the theme of religion that is constantly present throughout the novel. Religion was an important concept during the 19th century, and Brontë shows this with her allusions to the Bible and other religious works.

Works Cited: Eby, J. Preston. "The Lake of Fire." Freedom in Messiah. 30 Nov. 2008

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