What mood is the author conveying in Jane Eyre? Does it ever change? If so, where?

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In a literary work, mood is kindled in the reader by means of setting, theme, diction, and tone. These elements generate emotional responses in readers and thereby establish the emotional attachment of the reader to the text.

Charlotte Bronte's novel, Jane Eyre, is considered by many as a Gothic novel, and as such it has settings that lend themselves to the moods of gloom and mystery. Below, I have described some various plot points and settings in the novel, highlighting various words which help establish the changing moods of the novel.

  • Gateshead Hall - This is the first home for orphaned Jane and it is a melancholy place for little girl. There she feels imprisoned and unwanted, and she is mistreated by all but the servant Bessie. The red room into which she is unjustly locked causes Jane so much fear and distress that she falls ill. But when Bessie takes Jane under her care, the girl recovers. She likes to listen to Bessie's singing. Nonetheless, when Bessie sings to her after her traumatic...

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