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Gothic Elements In Jane Eyre And Their Significance - S.S. Introduction Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a novel set in the victorian era, the same time as it was written. This book tells the story of how a woman in a male-dominated and a rather cruel society strives for dignity and equality. This novel has a very sharp contrast to the kind of society in the period that this book was written in. It challenged the predominant but archaic rules of the chauvinistic, patriarchal and misogynistic society of the mid-19th century. 'Jane Eyre' is a narrative of darkness, shadows and eerie light. The female gothic genre, therefore, is a significant element within the narrative in which the author explores a woman's roles within society and her home, which leads to the protagonist’s dangerous attempts to challenge, protest and break free of these roles. Bronte applies the mysterious, the supernatural, the horrific and the romantic; to accentuate this. I will analyse the significance of the gothic forms used in Jane Eyre looking specifically at the use of; gothic paraphernalia, supernatural events, death scenes, the heroine, the male tyrant, other evil woman and good lover. Body Gothic paraphernalia is first shown in the novel in the form of the red room. Imagery is used to represent this room as secret, prison like, but particularly to give the room an overall feeling of horror. Jane describes the red room as having “curtains of deep red damask” and “crimson cloth”. Jane could be using these descriptions as a metaphor for blood, linking the red room to death. The reader is then made aware that the late Mr Reed, Jane’s uncle, died in there and Jane has images of him haunting the room. This supernatural event that Jane imagines adds to the gothic genre, which increases the
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