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Discuss instances of suspense in Jane Eyre.

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Posted December 22, 2008 at 8:36 PM via web

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Discuss instances of suspense in Jane Eyre.

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ashcat | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted December 22, 2008 at 11:52 PM (Answer #1)

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The suspense in Jane Eyre is the mystery that surrounds Thornfield. For the duration of her stay, Jane hears a strange laughter coming from the supposedly abandoned wing of the manor. She suspects she is being lied to by the other staff and by Mr. Rochester himself. When Jane concludes that it is Grace Poole who is responsible for the strange laughter as well as the fire that nearly kills Mr. Rochester, there is a great deal of animosity between the women as Jane tries to discover why the strange maid is kept on staff when she is obviously more harm than help. Another great moment of suspense occurs when Jane wakes to find a savage looking woman looming over her. Jane discovers that her wedding veil has been ripped in two and that is suspenseful because it appears that someone in Thornfield is after Jane and against her marriage to Mr. Rochester. Of course, the suspense reaches its climax at Jane and Mr. Rochester's wedding when the mysteries of Thornefield are finally revealed.

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