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Jane Eyre Heilman Gothic
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Jane Eyre Heilman Gothic

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Is Jane Eyre a Gothic Novel?

Is Jane Eyre a Gothic Novel?

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  • 1. Jane Eyre Gothic novel ?
  • 2. Robert B Heilman ‘Charlotte Bronte’s New Gothic’ <ul><li>Bronte goes beyond conventional Gothic writing; for her it means a venture into ‘ psychic darkness ’. It is different in purpose, ‘ Bronte’s intention is not to frighten or to provide a temporary thrill’ unlike many contemporary Gothic novels. She uses the gothic convention to explore feeling, especially sexual feeling in a way that would be acceptable to Victorian society. </li></ul>
  • 3. Heilman sees three versions of Gothic writing. <ul><li>‘ Old Gothic’ : convention of sensationalism. A cheap thrill for its own sake. The basics are there in Bronte’s writing but it is always modified. Bronte adapts it by undercutting it. Eg Introduction of Rochester switches traditional roles. </li></ul><ul><li>Anti-Gothic: Visit of Blance Ingram’s party to Thornfield. Uses the comic manners more reminiscent of Jane Austen. She presents the incidents in a dry factual way so debunking the sensational elements. </li></ul>
  • 4. <ul><li>Symbolic element: This demands a more mature and complicated response than that of the simple thrill. An example of this is the gutting of Thornfield. This symbolic use of the gothic allows Bronte to explore deep feelings and illicit passions. </li></ul>
  • 5. New Gothic <ul><li>Bronte denies superficial attractiveness to the characters to focus on the powerful inner attraction which exists between them where love mixes with hostility and violence and presents deep need. </li></ul><ul><li>The use of the Gothic convention too allows Bronte to explore the inner conflicts of St John Rivers and present a mix of the devilish and saintly within him. </li></ul>

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