In Jane Eyre there are several ghostly elements that appear and i believe that they are some sort of helper to Jane. In the instructions we were told by Mrs. Evans to make a symbol for a supernatural helper, and I think that is exactly what the ghost like elements in the book are. The ghosts in the story are the reason that Jane was sent to Lowood and without her going to Lowood, she would still be suffering at Gateshead and there would be no story to tell about Jane.
I believe, which may or may not be true, that the ghosts in Jane Eyre resemble or symbolize Jane and Mr. Rochester's past. I think a part of their past still lingers around them and are trying to liberate. I think that the supernatural elements in the book could also be secrets kept, foreshadowing, or their own painful experiences creeping up on them. But, i strongly believe its a reflection of their past, that takes the shape of an illusion.
The ghosts in Jane Eyre are "supernatural helpers" to Jane. They play a huge part in the theme of the book, and the plot. If it weren't for them, Jane wouldn't have been sent to Lowood. They help Jane along her journey and get her out of trouble. I think that they are going to play an even bigger role later in the book.
As far as ghostly, or supernatural elements are concerned, the role they play in the story seems to be that not necessarily of plot but of a mirror to jane's own internal. They represent a disconnect, of emotion and fact and action and occurrence that has haunted jane throughout her life.
There are so many ghostly elements in Jane Eyre because I believe they foreshadow a deeper, and more supernatural, meaning to the book. Jane's life almost revolves around these elements; they cause things to happen, and create a chain of events to follow. She saw the ghost at Gateshed and ended up going to Lowood. At Thornfield, she hears laughs and now since the fire, the place has gotten even creepier. They create an eerie effect on the book, full of suspense and questions. In my prediction, there will be many more "ghostly elements" to follow.
I believe the ghostly elements in Jane Eyre are supernatural elements that are a mirror of Jane, and how she feels when she's at Gatshead. They are broken, bitter, and looked down on. However, although their encounter with Jane scares her, they help her get out of Gatshead and start her life at Lowood, and later at Thornfield. These ghostly encounters I feel, help her through her life for the better,and I suspect they will come back later in the story
I think that the "ghostly elements" in Jane Eyre have to do with the dark theme of the book. The story itself is quite dark and has a sort of edgy feel. It adds a sense of supernatural elements and I believe that these ghosts help Jane in her journey through life and difficulties.
In "Jane Eyre", Helen refers to the lord's invisible kingdom and how it is all around Jane. Helen infers that his spirit is intertwined with all and is able to be perceived in only the sixth sense. The author seems to portray the idea that the bible holds the truth and not the people who decipher it, but the actual TEXT is correct. The world Helen refers to is a happy, loving one, where God provides and nurtures his followers. He works in ways throughout their life that make his presence known, but not provable. But because Jane does not believe (in God and his essence), rather searching for the love of the of humans, maybe the paranormal activity she experiences are those from the bottomless pit, those who have been stranded forever.