I always felt that “Jane Eyre” was a romantic novel. According to e-notes, “Jane Eyre, because of its powerful writing, and because of its concern with moral and social issues beyond the immediate plot, Jane Eyre is not generally considered a Gothic novel as such. However, it makes use of many of the elements found in the Gothic genre popular in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. In Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester might be seen as a Gothic hero. However, Bronte has made him a rounded character, not a stereotype. His circumstances are Gothic; they are imbued with a moral significance. Thornfield Hall might seem a Gothic residence, but apart from the mysterious presence of Grace Poole and Bertha, it is a comfortable house. The facts surrounding Bertha's presence at Thornfield are highly Gothic, as is Bertha herself. “Some experts believe it is more of a Bildungsroman, which is a German term that means "a novel of formation": that is, a novel of someone's growth from childhood to maturity. About a third of Jane Eyre, for instance, is concerned with her childhood. So Jane Eyre is more of a compilation of three genres, Romantic, Gothic and Bildungsroman.