Is Jane Eyre Victorian or Romantic?

Jane Eyre is a Victorian novel heavily inspired by romanticism.

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The short answer to this question would be that Jane Eyre is ultimately a Victorian novel. However, it features heavy traces of the romantic era in its imagery and plot devices.

In particular, Brontë borrows a great deal from one of romanticism's most enduring traditions, the gothic novel. Starting with Horace Walpole's The Castle of Otranto , first-generation of gothic novels focused on the uncanny, mystery, and suspense. Common tropes included ancient prophecies; eerie settings, such as crumbling castles; damsels in distress preyed upon by powerful villains; and...

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