Relationship Between Wealth And Social Status In Jane Eyre

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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 …show more content…
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., slavery) against improving one 's situation” (Class). This quote essentially states that the rich do not like the poor because they are poor by their own errors. An excellent example of this predominant belief appears early in the novel during John Reed’s explanation of his abuse to Jane. John states “you have no …show more content…
In the novel, Jane begins in a lower class of wealth, being an orphaned dependent for a family who doesn’t want her and having no inheritance to improve her condition. She progresses through the novel into the middle “working” class of people with the time she spent as an instructor at Lowood, as a governess at Thornfield, and finally as a teacher near Moor House. She ends the novel in a position of wealth and, and thus, higher status as her uncle gives her a large inheritance. This progression through each social class via wealth through the novel makes Jane an excellent character to bend the social class rules as she already progresses through each on her own

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