Gothic Elements In Jane Eyre Essay

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The Victorian era was a period of time in England spanning from 1837 to 1901, named after Queen Victoria who reigned in this time period. Women were a suppressed gender in the Victorian era. Unmarried women that were 21 years old or older had the right to own their own property and earn their own money; however as soon as they got married they lost all of their rights. “Jane Eyre” is a gothic novel that has been made into a film several times. Charlotte Brönte wrote the original novel in 1847. The most recent film adaption is from 2011 and Cary Joji Fukunaga directed it. In this essay, I will mainly focus on analysing the film. The aspects I will focus on are the characterization of the protagonist and analysis of relevant gothic elements in …show more content…
She is an orphan who was raised by her aunt Mrs Reed who never really liked Jane. Jane was sent to Lowood Institution at an early age. Lowood was a boarding school with strict rules. At Lowood she meets Helen Burns who she befriends quickly and they are soon best friends. Helen teaches Jane that sometimes it is best to turn the other cheek to hatred and turn the cheek to god instead. Helen sadly dies of tuberculosis at Lowood. After graduating from Lowood Jane seeks new opportunities and finds a job at Thornfield Hall as a teacher. She meets Mr Rochester who is her new employer and they agree to marry after a while, however Jane cancels the marriage when she it is revealed to her that Mr Rochester already is married. She leaves Mr Rochester and lives away from him for a while but after a couple of years, she comes back and they live happily ever …show more content…
She deals with being oppressed and dealt with unequally to everyone else throughout the story. Already as a child, she was treated differently from her cousins, even though she did not do anything wrong. Jane grows a hatred for unfairness as an effect of the way Mrs Reed treats her. Jane wants freedom. She is however unsure what kind of freedom she wants to have. She does not want to be Mr Rochester’s second wife and in that way lose her dignity and pride. Neither does she want a loveless marriage with St. John Rivers who is a cold stone that does not see marriage as anything else than a necessary status. She ends up choosing the romantic Mr Rochester as mentioned above and in that way finally gain her freedom as a woman.
There are several gothic elements in the film. There is the gothic setting in the film. Most of the film takes place at Thornfield Hall, which is a big, old mighty castle with secrets of its own. It is a very isolated home where many could live secretly without anyone knowing. The castle evokes the horror and dread which is characteristic from the gothic horror

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