Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brönte voiced the radical opinions of Brönte on religion, gender, and social class. Jane Eyre, a young orphan who lived with her vituperative aunt and cousins, strayed away from the Victorian ideals of a woman and established a new status for herself. Jane Eyre was originally written in 1827 and was heavily influenced by the late gothic literature of the 19th century. Gothic literary aspects such as supernatural occurrences, mysteries and dark secrets, madness and danger, and overall suspense created the basis for Jane Eyre. Although Jane Eyre embodied a strong female figure with confidence and intelligence, Jane constantly struggled to find balance between freedom and love in her life. The Gothic Era began in the Dark Ages after a growth in public fasciation with ghosts occurred. Gothic novels primarily expressed emotional extremes and dark themes by combining horror, romanticism, and death. Gothic novels allowed authors to explore concepts of decay, madness, and demise. Gothic literature became so influential that its elements could be detected in Victorian writings. Charlotte Brönte used many of these elements of the gothic genre in order to create a sense of uncertainty within Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre, a protagonist who must be saved through a reunion with a loved one, epitomized the gothic hero. Charlotte Brönte exemplified the concept of supernatural occurrences. At the beginning of Jane Eyre, Jane was tormented by her cousin, John Reed. In…

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