Discuss how Charlotte Bronte employs narrative techniques in the novel Jane Eyre
Throughout Jane Eyre, Bronte incorporates narrative techniques to emphasise certain points and to keep the reader’s attention. In the first few chapters of the novel we are introduced into the world she is surrounded by, with the use of very descriptive imagery, with a gothic element also incorporated for the audience to obtain a grasp of Jane’s situation. As the nature of the book develops and unravels, frequently used devices such as the incorporation of a gothic element is seen throughout many of the main chapters. For example, the lead up before the fire scene is build up through the eerie laughs made by Bertha, although at the time we do not know this.
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The incident on the third floor of Thornfield introduces Jane and the reader to the first gothic aspects of what is to be the most extended location throughout the novel. Jane describes Thornfield as dark, old and laboured with the secrets and memories of the past. This sets Thornfield Hall as the mysterious manor which has the potential to turn supernatural ‘strange, indeed, by the pallid gleam of moonlight’ as Jane claims. Through the beginning of the mysterious and curious laughs made, Ms. Fairfax claims it is Grace Poole’s laugh, and as Jane does not believe this, neither does the reader. The reference to Blue Beard’s Castle is important because the French Fairytale is a Pre-Gothic account of a duke who murders all his wives and puts their bodies in different closets, and telling the new wives they are forbidden to look behind the doors. As every wife looks behind the door, they are murdered and this provides an interesting prediction of what is behind the door. Although the tale is a pre-Gothic based plot, it resonates many of the gothic plot within the novel through the mysterious castle, the cold, damp, moonlight environment, the mysterious, misunderstood, enigmatic yet lovable male character, who is only understood and cured of his torment by the marriage or companionship with a good Christian female who would enter the plot (Jane). In the visitation to Jane’s room the night