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"The Gothic is an outlet for the repression of the society" Discuss.

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"The Gothic is an outlet for the repression of the society." Discuss The gothic is shown as an outlet for the repression of the society in many ways. In Jane Eyre, immorality, women, madness and sexual desires/passions are being suppressed to ensure that they do not occur on the surface. However, the Gothic uses archetypal symbols, unexpressed passions, the double, madness, death, darkness and supernatural as an outlet for repression. Irrational and aberrant desires are shunned upon in any conservative society that functions on reason and logic. Therefore institutions like religion and moral codes are established, hitherto to modern days, to maintain a status quo and repress such behavior. The Gothic, on the other hand, provides its reader with a vicarious thrill of unleashing such behavior through its fascination with the supernatural. Through her dreams, Jane Eyre projects her inner rage towards Thornfield hall it confines her. She believes that "[t]o pass its threshold was to return to stagnation", subjected to the darkness and repetition of women's work. ...read more.

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As a man of religion, "(h)e will sacrifice all (including his romantic passions for Rosamond) to his long-framed resolves (of Christianity)". Although "he hides (the) fever in his vitals" and "locks every feeling and pang within", he "could not bound all that he had in his nature... in the limits of a single passion". He becomes overtly involved in the driven ambition to attain a high position in his vocation and to go to heaven. In a certain extent, he becomes materialistic in terms of his social standing as a clergyman. There and then, the Gothic distorts the role of religion as a haven for the soul to be a relentless fight for materialistic value. Women are being repressed in Jane Eyre and through the use of Gothic as an outlet, this repression from society is conveyed. For example, outlets such the use of Archetypal symbols, the Double and Madness as an outlet for repressed women helps to convey the repressed feelings to society. ...read more.

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This shows that perhaps Bertha projects Jane's jealousy towards the fact that Rochester has plenty of mistresses and uncontrollable sexual appetites. Madness is also used as an outlet, in the case of Bertha Mason as a repressed woman. She inflicts terrifying violence only on men because men are known as agents that tyrannize and reinforces patriarchal values. This can be seen through her actions of biting and tearing Mason and homicidal grappling with Rochester. Her madness in her actions helps to portray her repressed feelings towards the unfair patriarchal society. By the end of the novel, Jane marries Rochester, Bertha Mason dies and Rochester is symbolically castrated. This shows that everything that is being unleashed have been reestablished. However, Jane and Rochester's union takes place in Ferndean, an isolated place, showing that their passion are still being repressed and not accepted by the society. In conclusion, the Gothic serves as an outlet for the repression of the society to a large extent in Jane Eyre. ...read more.

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