More Gothic Imagery

So far there have been two attempted murders in this book and lots of mayhem. When Mrs. Fairfax shows Jane the third floor, she describes it as like “a corridor in some Bluebeard’s castle.” In what ways do the plot, setting, and imagery of this novel seem gothic (at this point in your reading)? InRead More

Jane’s Psychological Double – Bertha

A theory that is often applied to nineteenth century and Victorian literature is that of the psychological double. This is a term for a character that embodies the unacceptable or repressed side of another character. Gilbert and Gubar, and others, have suggested that Bertha is the psychological double, “the secret self” of Jane. This isn’tRead More

Gothic Imagery in Jane Eyre

Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre is not a typical love story. In fact, it is considered a very typical novel of gothic literature, dealing with a degenerate character, usually the main male character (Rochester), restored by a pure heroic character, usually the main woman character (Jane); and they usually come from aberrant and twisted family situations.Read More