Allusion in Jane Eyre
Biblical, Greek and Roman Allusions: One of the core literary devices utilized in Jane Eyre is allusion, specifically allusions to the Bible, Greek and Roman mythology, and the works of other writers. Allusions to other literature enable Bronte to demonstrate Jane’s education. Allusions to the Bible function similarly but also reflect the cultural conditions at the time; to be considered highly in society, people needed to appear well-acquainted with the Bible, and throughout the text Jane makes an effort to better her own social status. These allusions were fairly typical for Victorian literature of the nineteenth century.