Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte And Emma By Jane Austen Essay examples

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Victorian England was a battleground of opposing idea. Grenades of revelation were being dropped on hierarchy. As this fence separating farmers from aristocrats was being torn down, lovers were already tying their knots between the links. The shackles placed upon women, limiting their reach to the world, were being removed by individually earned wages. However, many errors in society still existed. Those who were battling against the antediluvian ideas were mainly working class that becoming restless as they writhed under the thumb of those at the top of the social pyramid. This movement towards a more egalitarian society was reinforced by many writers of the time. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontё and Emma by Jane Austen supported those fighting against the faults of society in 19th century England through their opposing representations of the emerging working class, marriages based on class, and the confined nature of women. In the early 1600s the Old Poor Laws were passed stating that “each parish had to look after its own poor.” (Anderson). These laws gave residence and resources necessary for survival to majority of the impoverished people in England until the Poor Law Amendment Act revised them in the 1834. There was agitation over how much it cost to care for poor, so in order to resolve this uneasiness it was now mandated that people were to work in exchange for the services they had been given previously at no charge. The paupers were told to go to workhouse where…

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