Essay Jane Eyre is a typical novel of its time. Discuss.
Discuss this quotation, paying particular attention to the social, cultural and historical context within which it was published.
There are a large number of elements in the novel 'Jane Eyre' that are very typical of the way of life in the mid 19th century, and also of other novels at that time. Through the novel Charlotte Bronte puts across exactly the factors which were characteristic of the late 18th and 19th century: class and status – both of women and of poor people; public health and illnesses at the time; religion, as well as the gothic elements which were particularly common in 18th/19th century books. Outside even of the actual story, we see evidence historically …show more content…
Later in the novel, when Jane leaves Lowood and goes to work as a
Governess at Thornfield for Mr. Rochester; we see further evidence of status incongruence and the divisions created by the differences between social classes. As a governess at Thornfield, Jane describes how she felt alone so much as she did not fit in to any particular group – she was slightly higher than the "servants" but not good enough to mix properly with the company of people like Mr. Rochester.
When Jane later realises that she has fallen in love with Mr.
Rochester, and he with her; the reader is continually shown the obstacles they face created by the