What makes Jane Eyre and Wuthering Heights gothic stories? What are their Gothic elements, and how do the gothic elements compare or contrast in the two novels?
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë and Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë both share some of the characteristics of the gothic novel. The term "gothic Novel" is used in literary criticism to refer to a genre that originated in England in the late eighteenth century. It derives from the adjective "Gothic" as referring to the Gothic tribes that warred with and eventually overthrew the western Roman Empire. Their descendants were the founders of many northern European nations during the medieval period, and thus the term "Gothic" is also used to refer to the medieval period, as in the phrase "Gothic architecture" which refers to a style including pointed arches and flying buttresses developed in the...
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