What other stories are you reminded of when you read Jane Eyre? Are there novels, movies, or television shows that seem to create a similar Gothic mood or that portray tragedy and release or renewal in similar ways? Describe another Gothic story that you find similar to Jane Eyre. Explain how its Gothic elements compare or contrast with Gothic elements in Jane Eyre.

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Jane Eyre has a solid place among its contemporary works, including those by the other Brontës. It also has had a lasting influence on literature, even inspiring retelling from a different perspective.

One way it relates to other works is through the combination of Gothic elements in a Romantic approach. The isolated setting, gloomy mansion, and mysterious events of Thornfield are Gothic elements. Within them is the dark, brooding Romantic hero of Edward Rochester. These aspects resemble prominent features of Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights.

The mystery of the unknown force or person revealed to be Bertha Mason is also a prominent feature. Her madness and unjust confinement by her husband are echoed in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's later work, "The Yellow Wallpaper."

Bertha became the subject of a 20th-century retelling of or prequel to the novel. In Far Sargasso Sea, Jean Rhys sets the story in the Caribbean and tells how Rochester came to marry his first wife (then named Antoinette), including the origins of her mental illness. This theme is amply explored in The Madwoman in the Attic.

Another 20th-century novel, set in modern times, is strongly modeled on Jane Eyre. In Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier also uses a gloomy mansion, Manderly, but the Romantic hero's first wife has died. The new wife, who is initially young and meek like Jane, struggles to understand the mysteries in the mansion, which likewise burns.

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