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An examination of the complexity and function of the gothic features in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies. (Studentuppsats)
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
En undersökning av komplexiteten och funktionen av de gotiska inslagen i Charlotte Brontës Jane Eyre (Swedish)
Abstract [en]

An important and in fact essential feature throughout Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is the gothic elements. At first sight Jane Eyre may not look like a gothic novel. However, it includes a lot of gothic features that appear throughout the novel such as ghost, dark secrets and supernatural experiences. The aim of this essay is to show that the gothic elements in the novel have the function of developing the storyline as well as the characters. Importantly, the gothic features affect the relationship between the two main characters both positively and negatively. The results of this essay show that the gothic elements in the novel have a greater function than to frighten the reader. They do not only help develop the main character but they also show the reader Jane’s inner passions and desires. The gothic features are also central in developing Mr Rochester’s character in the eyes of the reader, as they help illustrate his complicated background as well as his growing closeness to Jane. The gothic features are thus central to characterization, and ultimately crucial in building the relationship between the two main characters.

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2014. , 10 p.
Keyword [en]
Jane Eyre, gothic features
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General Literature Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-31627OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-31627DiVA: diva2:702900
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English
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Teacher education
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Available from: 2014-03-10 Created: 2014-03-04 Last updated: 2014-03-10Bibliographically approved

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