Gothic fiction was popular and at its height in her time and it was mainly shallow sensational stuff. The only major literary novelists of note of that era are all female because they were just better at social comedy which was the only real prominent realistic genre at the time. Don't count Sir Walter Scott, because he's not strictly literary and lacks some realism. It almost seems as if Charlotte deliberately strove to prove her wrong.
Gothic fiction was popular and at its height in her time and it was mainly shallow sensational stuff. The only major literary novelists of note of that era are all female because they were just better at social comedy which was the only real prominent realistic genre at the time.
It almost seems as if Charlotte deliberately strove to prove her wrong. Ironically, Charlotte dissed Jane Austen for being too mild, she did praise her shrewdness and realistic observations, but dismissed her lack of feeling as cold and unintellectual. This is also very true.
Austen may be second to Shakespeare in terms of characterisation notice those who rate her second are only justified because of characterisation, because lots of other authors had just as good or even better styles of writing and intellectual issues but she never could have come up with Hamlet.
This proves Shakespeare was either a neurotic weirdo or very very good at making a unique character. Most likely explanation, however, was he plundered another book. Emily might have been a genius but WH is more poetry than prose, methinks. As an epic poem it would have been a major work.
So take that, grammar Nazis. Jane Eyre is undoubtedly Gothic. What with the poor forsaken orphan, the scary headmaster-villain, the secluded manor of Thornfield and later Ferndean, the Byronic hero.
Male critics had a tendency to scorn feminine novels so this is quite high praise. Emily may have written first, but Charlotte was published first and had on the whole better reviews. So it was her book that shaped the way people thought rather than Emily, whose influence came later.
Why Jane Eyre was a revolution in the Gothic genre was it is intellectual. Nowadays little girls swoon over the love story, but back then it was praised for its fidelity to the human heart, and censored from young girls.
Even Mrs Gaskell had to give her daughter permission to read it. Unlike the passive heroine of Gothic novels, Jane is rebellious.
Her determination to go forward, find a job and a life is surprisingly modern of that time. She does not hope to become a prop to some family member, unlike the sentimental heroine who will be attached to her family.
Her aloofness is striking. She is an individual in her own right, not a stereotypical heroine.
And yet this is an attribute of Romantic poetry. Deep individuals in novels only really became the vogue in the Victorian era, but the ideal of the individual owes its origin to Romanticism. The solitary wanderer is a staple of that era, it makes you think of travellers facing a dark and gloomy journey.
The isolation the Victorians felt, in contrast to the sunnier past they liked to idealise, is here, all put back in an earlier time. Jane Eyre is essentially a Victorian-minded woman in a Romantic past, ironic because Charlotte revered the Romantics, and she was like a Romantic living in the Victorian present.
What you may have noticed is that Gothic fiction of that era tends to have beautiful, passive, perfect heroines who swoon away easily. They are also beloved by the rest.
Jane takes action, when she applies for a job, when she runs away, and when she argues. She would be a still, silent child compared to the rest, and Mrs Reed dislikes the quiet unsociable child. It is her mind that moves rather than her conversation.
This is never really resolved in the novel.Containing many of the ingredients required for the successful romantic novel and many of the salient tropes for gothic fiction, 'Jane Eyre' also includes themes of religion, morality, social class, feminism, gender relationships and more - and, as such, can be read and enjoyed many times over/5.
Aug 18, · Jane Eyre is essentially a Victorian-minded woman in a Romantic past, ironic because Charlotte revered the Romantics, and she was like a Romantic living in the Victorian present.
What you may have noticed is that Gothic fiction of that era tends to have beautiful, passive, perfect heroines who swoon away easily. In Jane Eyre, as in many Gothic novels, the reader comes across a lunatic wife (Bertha Rochester) locked in the attic of the manor house.
The peculiar sound produced by her mad ravings contributes to the atmosphere of mystery and suspense in the novel.
Jane Eyre Jane Eyre, a classic Victorian novel by Charlotte Brontë, is regarded as one of the finest novels in English literature. The main character, Jane Eyre, demonstrates a strong need to be herself, a young girl trying to retain all the individuality possible for a dependent of her time.
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Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Brontë, is the tale of governess Jane Eyre and her passionate romance with Lord Rochester, her employer, whose dark and secret past comes back to haunt them/5.