• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

What features of Jane Eyre can be considered gothic?

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Irana Tarling English Coursework What features of Jane Eyre can be considered gothic? Gothic: � Adjective 1: Relating to the ancient Goths or their extinct language. � Adjective 2: Of the style of architecture prevalent in Western Europe in the 12th-16th centuries, characterised by pointed arches and elaborate tracery. � Adjective 3: Portentously gloomy or horrifying. � Adjective 4: (of lettering) Derived from the angular style of handwriting with broad vertical down strokes used in medieval Western Europe. � Noun 1: The language of the Goths. � Noun 2: Gothic architecture. Description Gothic novels were introduced in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. They are typical horror stories. They are tales of the supernatural, full of clich�s about haunted castles, ruined abbeys and graveyards landscapes. The characters are stereotypical people; the hero is young, and handsome battling the villains to gain his bride, the heroine is also young and beautiful, and is a victim until her handsome priest comes and saves her. The villain is often a relative of the heroine, and will do anything to get what he wants. Ghosts and monsters haunt the places in the novel, and the minds of the characters. The pathetic fallacy is used to create atmosphere and suspense - storms to show sadness and anger, and sun to show happiness. ...read more.

Middle

Mr. Rochester is the master of Thornfield hall. He seems withdrawn and thoughtful but eventually Jane sees through this and they become engaged. He is a serious and stern man. He is already married, but his wife is crazy, and he keeps her locked in his house, and he tries to get sympathy from Jane. His wife sets fire to the house, and she is killed, and Mr. Rochester is left blinded, although he eventually regains some of his sight. He is the hero of the story, although he is not a handsome prince, but he falls in love with Jane and tries to help her, all the time harbouring his secret wife. Mrs. Fairfax is the housekeeper at Thornfield hall. She is welcoming, and she and Jane become quite close. She looks out for Jane and warns her to be careful about getting to close to Mr. Rochester. Adele Varens is the girl that Jane has to look after at Thornfield School. Jane looks after the girl well, and teaches her English. Grace Poole is a servant at Thornfield, and is an alcoholic. Jane thinks that she is the responsible for the laugh and for trying to kill Mr. Rochester, and Mr. ...read more.

Conclusion

This makes Jane feel even more withdrawn and plain than she did before. The attack showed the viciousness of Bertha - her comments about sucking Mr Mason's blood emphasise that. The description of Jane's thoughts and feelings show the fright that she is feeling, even though it seems as if she remains very calm. Jane's wedding: Jane is excited about getting married to Mr. Rochester although she is not sure how she feels. The wedding is destroyed when Mr. Mason tells the priest about Bertha, and Jane is shown her. This is similar to a gothic novel in some ways, because Bertha (the bad element) has destroyed Jane's happiness, which is a normal gothic tale, but at the same time it is not, as there is no one to help Jane get through, and nothing she can do. Also Bertha is not directly responsible, as it is her brother who causes the story to come out. Jane and Mr Rochester ending together: Jane goes back to Thornfield to find Mr. Rochester, only to discover that there had been a fire and Bertha had been killed, and Mr. Rochester had lost the use of his sight, and his hand. She immediately accepts this and decides to look after him. They marry. This shows Jane's strength of character and also Mr. Rochester's weakness, as he is self-pitying and relies on Jane for strength. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Charlotte Bronte section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Charlotte Bronte essays

  1. Bront portrays Jane Eyre as an untypical heroine. Examine Bronts language use, structure and ...

    This is certainly unique for a woman of the Victorian Age. A characteristic of many 19th century novels is the contrasting types of love that feature. Jane Eyre is no exception. In Jane's early years she is expected to show love for her carer, Mrs Reed, because she has given her a home.

  2. Bront portrays Jane Eyre as an untypical heroine. Examine Bront's language use, structure and ...

    Through the novel Jane Eyre, Bront� conveys her belief that education is key to the furthering of a person. All the good fortune that occurs in her life, meeting Mr Rochester and inheriting a fortune, takes place when she is a teacher, a skill that she has gained through education.

  1. What features of Jane Eyre can be considered Gothic?

    up the suspense and tension, "My heart beat thick", also "I was oppressed, suffocated." The next location Jane goes to is Lowood. The school is described as "a large and irregular building," It is very run-down and decrepit, and far away from any village or town.

  2. The past comes back to haunt Mr Rochester on his wedding day. Does the ...

    The description of her is horrific. It seems really unhinged and animalistic. It sounds horrible especially the part where Bertha bites. We think back to past events such as the fire. We now think that it was possibly Bertha who did it. It was clever of Charlotte Bronte to put that in before, but now it

  1. Jane eyre gothic conventions

    Jane deceives her imagination when she profanes to see a ghost, " My heart beat tick, my head grew hot; a sound filled my ears, which deemed the rushing of wings". The mysterious enchantment, which overcomes Jane, chills the reader.

  2. What features of Jane Eyre are Gothic and why does Charlotte Bront use these ...

    where all the furnishings remind one of blood, which is associated with the Gothic notion of horror. The idea of red as an expression of anger links to Jane's anger at her situation and the limitations placed on her because she is poor and thus rendered powerless in the Reed's

  1. St. John Rivers and Edward Rochester contrasted

    He wonders if he is awake or just dreaming. Jane embraces him and assures him of her physical presence. She informs him of her newly gained independence and claims that she has returned for him. She also promises that she will never leave him. Mr. Rochester declares that because of his invalid condition, they may have to be more like a father and daughter than a husband and wife.

  2. Literary Theory Essay 2: Feminism

    Jane herself could be viewed as a more realistic representation of a woman, a mix of the Christian faith and charity of Helen Burns and the animalistic passion and desire of Bertha Rochester, which she must learn to control. Thus it can be seen that "the myth of woman" is

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work