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Gothic Characteristics: Jane Eyre

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jocelyn daniels

on 4 January 2013

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In the novel Jane Eyre Gothic Characteristics Gothic Characteristics Setting in a Castle
An atmosphere of mystery and suspense
Omens and visions
Supernatural and Inexplicable events
High/ Overwrought emotions
Women in distress
Women threatened by a powerful male
The metonymy of gloom and horror
The vocabulary of the Gothic Thesis The three Gothic characteristics applied to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre are setting in a castle, an atmosphere of mystery and suspense, and supernatural/ inexplicable events. Atmosphere of Mystery and Suspense "She bit me. She worried me like a tigress, when Rochester got the knife from her." (212) Setting in a Castle "Thornfield is neither haunted nor a castle, but this huge, imposing house has a mysterious and threatening atmosphere." (Elizabeth Gregory) Supernatural Events "I thought the swift-darting beam was a herald of some coming vision from another world." (19) Discussion Question Out of the Characteristics given which do you think tie in with Jane Eyre? And give an example. "While I paced softly on, the last sound I expected to hear in so still a region, a laugh, struck my ear. It was a curious laugh-" (108) Explanation Explanation This is the first time Jane hears a wicked laugh
Jane grows curious about Grace Poole and who she really is http://www.bbc.co.uk/drama/janeeyre/images/450x187/grace_poole.jpg "On waking, a gleam dazzled my eyes; I thought - oh, it is daylight! But I was mistaken; it was only candle-light...it took the light, held it aloft, and surveyed the garments pendent from the portmanteau...it was not even that strange woman, Grace Poole." (283) Explanation This is Jane's first encounter with the supernatural. It makes an impact on her, without that first encounter she would never be curious about Grace Poole or what Sophie says about Thornfield being haunted.While shes in the red room she truly believes there is a possibility that her uncle has come back from the dead to avenge his last wishes Explanation Jane is scared that there is someone going around and putting her thoughts about marriage into action. She was completely terrified when she found out it was none of the patrons that she knew lived in the house. She tells Mr. Rochester that she thinks its a vampire because it was not pale enough to be a ghost. Jane was never supposed to hear what happened that night when Mason got bit but she couldn't help but overhear. This quote gives her a clue as to what is going on in Thornfield. "It is a substantial edifice, three stories high—a manor house, not a nobleman's estate." (Lisa Paddock) Paddock, Lisa. "Jane Eyre." Bloom's Literary Reference. N.p., 2008. Web. 13 Dec. 2012. "Jane Eyre is a novel, written in prose. It has often been referred to as a gothic novel. Gothic stories involve mystery, ghosts, visions, spooky structures, such as houses and castles, heroines in danger, and mysterious heroes." (Virginia Brackette) Brackette, Virginia. "Jane Eyre" Blooms Literary Reference. N.p.,2008. Web. 13 Dec. 2012. Works Cited Gregory, Elizabeth. "Gothic in Bronte's Jane Eyre" Suit101. N.p., 2007. Web. 13 Dec. 2012. Conclusion In conclusion, Charlotte Bronte's novel Jane Eyre has many characteristics that make it a gothic novel, such as Setting in a Castle, Atmosphere of Mystery and Suspense, and Supernatural/ Inexplicable events.
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