The Meaning of Mystery and Suspense in Jane Eyre
  • Release Date : 01 August 2013
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Genre : Uncategorized
  • Pages : 16 pages
  • ISBN 13 : 3640806042
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Download or read book entitled The Meaning of Mystery and Suspense in Jane Eyre by author: Thomas Schachtebeck which was release on 01 August 2013 and published by Unknown with total page 16 pages . This book available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle Format. Seminar paper from the year 2006 in the subject English - Literature, Works, grade: 2,0, Free University of Berlin (Fachbereich Englisch), course: Surveying English Literatures II, language: English, abstract: Gothic Elements in the Victorian Novel - The Meaning of Mystery and Suspense in Jane Eyre 1Introduction Undoubtedly, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre was one of the most successful and influential novels published during the era of Victorian England, which lasted from 1837 until 1901, and even today, Jane Eyre is regarded as one of the most important masterpieces in the history of world literature. Although Bronte's novel primarily fulfills features of the romance novel - certainly a very popular and widespread genre among Victorian writers - Jane Eyre can be accounted a hybrid of three literary genres, which not only shares romantic elements, but also characteristics of the Bildungsroman and the Gothic novel. However, Bronte's novel basically follows "two traditional plot lines" (Heller 1993: 49) of Victorian women writing. On the one hand, Jane Eyre comprises a love story between a man and a women, represented by the relationship between Jane and Rochester, which clearly corresponds to romance elements, whereas, on the other hand, the story of Jane's personal and psychological development, which is expressed by her different encounters with the external world over a large range of time, corresponds to the female Bildungsroman. Nevertheless, in Jane Eyre, both plots are strongly interrelated with each other, what makes each plot rather complex and difficult to analyse (cf. Heller 1993: 49). Moreover, Charlotte Bronte repeatedly utilised several mysterious and horrific incidents - which are clear indicators for a Gothic influence - throughout the whole novel. The question may be raised, how and for what purpose did Bronte implant Gothic elements in her novel, although the period of 'classic' Gothic writing had already come to an end i