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Gothic is a literary genre that is connected to the dark and horrific It became popular in the late Victorian Era following the success of Horace Walpoles The Castle of Otranto in 1764 Since that time gothic literature has become a widespread influence Some elements that are typically gothic include ancient prophecies mystery and suspense supernatural events dreams and visions violence and a gloomy and desolate setting Charlotte Bronte the author of Jane Eyre was greatly influenced by the gothic movement This is obvious to anyone who has read her work Jane Eyre in particular falls into the tradition of the late eighteenth and nineteenth century gothic novels Gothic elements can be seen in the mystery behind Thornfield and Rochesters past There is also a prevalent theme of the supernatural such as the appearance of Mr Reeds ghost the ghoulish and sinister laughter of Bertha Mason and Rochesters disembodied voice calling out to Jane Furthermore there is a great deal of suspense that is generated by the violent behaviour of Bertha Mason The gothic elements of mystery violence and the supernatural have the strongest presence in Jane Eyre The mystery behind Thornfield and Rochesters past is a strong theme in the novel When Jane first arrived at Thornfield already she could sense that something was peculiar about the place She hears a distinct mirthless laugh coming from the third-floor of the house Mrs Fairfax the housekeeper informs Jane that a servant named Grace Poole lives up there She is also rather unbalanced Jane finds the servants behaviour very strange and disturbing However Jane seriously starts to question the story behind Grace Poole when the servant snuck into Rochesters room and set the bed curtains ablaze Jane finds Rochesters reaction to the incident to be peculiar in itself since after the fire was put out he immediately went upstairs to the third floor However what Jane finds most disturbing is that Grace continues to work
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