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Gothic Elements in Jane Eyre
Transcript of Gothic Elements in Jane Eyre
Gothic Elements Chloe Hubler, Paige Steiert, Emily Sneed Bertha Weather Setting The Red Room Rochester's Entrance Thornfield -Place of death/ghost
-Jane's fear and anger
-In the forest, at night
-Weather (cold, icy)
-Element of mystery (Bertha's laughs)
-Chestnut tree Dark and Gloomy Weather
Playing on the Gothic Elements, dark weather typically implies hard times and ominous foreshadowing. Warm, Sunny, and Romantic When it is Cold Colder weather, rather dark as well as Gothic, mostly represents the times when Jane is really struggling with herself, rather than her circumstances. Theme Bertha represents submission and imprisonment.
These are created by Rochester. Setting Bertha makes Thornfield creepy via her fire-setting, pain-inflicting, mysterious personality. Character Bertha and Jane are parallels: Bertha represents Jane's inner turmoils and Jane's fear of being trapped and imprisoned by Rochester Bertha contributes to the theme through her insanity to produce a mysterious, haunting tone. Tone What makes a novel Gothic? -Castle-like setting
-Omens, visions; supernatural or unexplainable events
-"Damsel in distress"
-Threatening male character
-Gloomy, dark setting Element of romance
http://www.virtualsalt.com/gothic.htm Good weather is rather double sided. Half the time it is good and represents Jane being in a good place and the other half caters to the more Gothic and dark elements of the novel.