With detailed analyis of Jane Eyre and a wider referance to Turn of the Screw compare and contrast the presentation of Gothic in both texts.
Throughout Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre there is a presentation of a gothic theme. The ‘Red Room’ is Janes room of torture, because Mrs Reed banishes Jane to that room every time she’s done something wrong. The ‘Red Room,’ I feel has a gothic atmosphere because of the way it is portrayed, Bronte uses a lot of red to describe the room, hense the name ‘Red Room.’ It appers that Bronte used red as her discriptive word as it has connotations of danger, fire and passion, “The carpet was red, the table at the foot of the bed was covered with a crimson cloth.” The red in this quote can be seen as a representation of the fire and passion inside of Jane but it can also be seen as a representation of fear. Bronte also paints a gothic image using the ‘Red Room’ because it is the place where Mr. Reed died, “Of Mr.Reed’s ghost I am: he died in that room.”
After the ‘Red Room’ incident Mrs.Reed sends Jane Eyre to Lowood under the watch of Mr.Brocklehurst. Bronte continues the theme of gothic throughout this event. Lowood interprets a gothic atmosphere because there is a lot of death and illness at Lowood school. An example of this would be this would be Helen Burns. ‘Burns’ could, once again, be a representation of Jane’s passion but it could also represent the passion inside Helen herself. However Helen has a different kind of passion, Helen directs her passion to her religion. Jane believes her passion/fire is bad and that Helen’s is good. Although it could be a representation of Helen’s passion, I believe that Bronte wanted it to be a presentation of Jane’s because when Helen dies, it’s like Jane’s passion dies slightly too. Bronte keeps with the gothic theme because the last we hear of Helen properly is, “Her grave is at Brocklebridge graveyard: for fifteen years after her death it was only covered by a grassy mound: but now a...
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