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Jane Eyre

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Introduction

Explore Ways In Which Charlotte Bront� Uses A Variety Of Settings And Language To Convey The Characters Different Ideas And Feelings In Jane Eyre. During the early 18th century there were many changes in society which meant people were drifting away from the strict norm of neoclassicism and conforming to the Romantic and the Gothic movements. These movements were reflected in the publications of novels such as Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen which broke the male stronghold of neoclassicism in literature. Times were tough for women, for example they could inherit no money and they had to dress appropriately with no ankles exposed as well as expressing no sexuality. Jane Austen pioneered the struggle against male supremacy in literature. Other authors followed such as Charlotte Bront� who wrote Jane Eyre although she used the pseudonym of Currer Bell. Jane Eyre contains elements of Romanticism and The Gothic throughout and also reflects Charlotte Bront�'s own life. The Gothic elements exploit the mystery, supernatural and the fear felt by the main characters and the Romantic (which is commonly misunderstood to show love, romance and passion) shows the rebellion against neoclassicism and its strict norms. Jane Eyre is also written as a Bildungsroman which illustrates a person's development through life; in this case the main character Jane Eyre herself, the strong female protagonist. ...read more.

Middle

The idea that Jane is acting as a gypsy while doing what she wants gives a sense of freedom that Jane has not yet experienced. This rebellion against control reflects Jane's reaction to the harsh routine at Lowood and her fellow pupils. Jane moves onto Thornfield as an adult after spending eight gruelling years at Lowood. When she arrives as the new governess she is surprised by her luxurious surroundings which she has never experienced with such kindness from the people around her as well: "The chamber looked like such a bright little place as the sun shone in between the gay blue chintz windows, showing papered walls and a carpeted floor," This rare setting in Jane's life comes as a surprise to her and contrasts to the bare rooms at Lowood and the overpowering d�cor at Gateshead. The papered walls and the carpeted floor may be simple ideas but to Jane they are new and exciting ideas as well as the windows which she describes as "gay" implying they make her happy while the sun shines a light on her new life. Later Jane discovers the dark side of Thornfield as she ventures through the house she hears a surreal laugh while walking through the dark passages: "I passed the trap door...the attic seemed black as a vault...like a corridor in some Bluebeards castle...a laugh, struck my ear...and terminated in an ...read more.

Conclusion

As Jane proceeds to the Gothic setting at Thornfield, the key theme of the Gothic is explored using the image of the dark chambers and the trapdoors, the sounds of Grace Pool's eerie laugh and the secrecy in which Thornfield is consumed. Jane's feelings are evoked through her surprisement and content as she discovers her luxurious surroundings. Later foreshadowing is mixed with egoistical sublime to give the reader a hint as to what will happen next after Jane agreed to marry Rochester. After the disastrous wedding ceremony Jane storms out of Thornfield she travels by coach before starving and wandering across the moors trapped at the crossroads which point to different directions in her life. After recovering at Moor House and receiving a fortune from her deceased uncle she returns to Thornfield only to find a ruin and to hear rumours that Rochester has been crippled. Fearful of how she will react to seeing him in this state her dark, gloomy and isolated setting of Ferndean puts across her feeling of sadness and nervousness. I personally found it interesting to learn of the themes of Romanticism and the Gothic within the text and learn of example of these. I also liked the way Charlotte Bront� used specific reference to objects in comparison to people in plot. Overall I found it rather interesting to discover such creativity in which Charlotte Bront� has used the setting to convey the characters emotions and feelings. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nick Hudson ...read more.

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