Jane Eyre

Looking At Jane Eyre Through a Mythological Lense 12th Grade

The supernatural elements and events involving them are an important facet of Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre. Many mythological creatures are referenced, and omens are used as symbols throughout the novel, making up some of the instances where the supernatural is involved. The supernatural air that is subsequently given to the novel serves to compete with the religious emphasis, and also to create a feeling of mystery and suspense throughout the book. There’s also a slight relation between the basic tale of Cinderella and the journey that Jane takes from the beginning of her life to get to where she ends up.By looking through the mythological lens to examine Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë, you are able to examine both the supernatural and its effects, as well as the parallels to myths that exist within the book.

The red room and the supposed ghost sighting that Jane experiences in it is one such example of the supernatural in Jane Eyre. In the red room, Jane thinks she sees her uncle’s ghost returning because his final wishes have not been followed, and she faints. Not only does this serve to affect the mood of the novel, but it also helps affect Jane’s personality for most of the novel. The mood it sets is that of suspense...

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