Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte Essay

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Literary masterpiece Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë creates the perfect novel to review from a social and economic position. Starting poor and dependent on the none-so-kind Reed family for food and shelter, Jane Eyre progresses in both social status and economic wealth through her time at Lowood, into Thornfield, past Moor House and the economic prosperity that it brings, and finally into happiness she finds back at the crippled Mr. Rochester. Throughout the novel, Brontë expresses a number of ideas about the dynamics of economic standing and how it directly correlates to social status in Victorian culture; however, Brontë often uses Jane to break the traditional rules of class standing and economic position to present an interesting and culture breaking message to her audience: contrary to the belief of the Victorian time period, Brontë presents the idea that one’s economic prosperity does not define one’s social position and integrity of character. Jane Eyre embodies this perception throughout the novel. Throughout Jane Eyre Brontë establishes the correlation between wealth and class status that corresponded to popular beliefs of the time in order to set up for Jane’s “breaking of the rules.” The question before beginning however remains “why does the upper class hate the poor so much?” Scholarly website Victorian Web helps explain by stating “many people in the ruling classes justified their apathy towards the poor by dwelling upon the absence of legal barriers (i.e.,…

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