Sunday, November 30, 2008

Punish and Avenge

“I began to recall what I had heard of dead men, troubled in their graves by the violation of their last wishes, revisiting the earth to punish the perjured and avenge the oppressed” (12).

Brontë again brings in the supernatural when Jane is locked in the bedroom that her uncle died in. Jane hopes and believes that her uncle’s spirit may come and avenge his troubled niece’s woes. During the era that Jane Eyre takes place, many people strongly believed in troubled spirits staying on earth until revenge is obtained. By bringing the supernatural into her novel, Brontë establishes a surreal setting that appeals to readers who believe in ghosts and spirits.

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