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Jane Eyre analysis: Author's personal experiences in the novel.

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Jane Eyre analysis: Author's personal experiences in the novel. In many parts of the novel Jane Eyre, the author Charlotte Bronte brings up and alludes to many different points about the social life and era in which she lived in. Many of these hints and statements that she brought up within the novel have given the reader somewhat of an understanding of just how hard it was for a female to live within the Victorian era. An era that is shown throughout the hard life of the female protagonist, Jane Eyre and the writing of Charlotte Bronte. These issues include the social class system, and injustices inside the social class. In the presentation I (Aaron Cheung) will be introducing to you the basic overview of the Victorian Era. The Era in which the novel Jane Eyre is written in. My job will be to familiarize you with the social life within Jane Eyre and how Charlotte Bronte related it with the life she lived in during the 19th century by use of the events and trials of Jane Eyre. The main themes within the book that was brought up that had to do with the social society was about the class system back in the Victorian Era. When I talk about class system back in the 19th century, I'm talking about the hierarchy or ranking that each and every individual had over another person and within the society itself. ...read more.


Obviously if someone of your standard were living in a charity orphanage for poor kids, you wouldn't have seen silk in your life unless you stole it from someone else. As I had mentioned before people within different classes did not usually associate with each other. This is seen with the comment by Mrs Fairfax "I say alone Leah is a nice girl to be sure, and John and his wife are very decent people, but then you see they are only servants and one cannot converse with them on terms of equality." pg 88 as well as said by John reed when he was conversing with Jane. "you are a dependant, mamma says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not live here with Gentlemen's children like us, and eat the same meals we do, and wear clothes at our mamma's expense." Pg 4 As john himself states in this page, Jane is seen as a person who has no status in life and because of her class she should not be allowed to be around John and the family. To John, or a child like him living back then, it might have been disgraceful for a person like Jane to be around him. With Mrs Fairfax, she was seen as glad when Jane arrived, because like herself, Jane was a person of her social status. ...read more.


"take her away to the red room and lock her in there." Basically, women back in the Victorian era were treated unfairly, and were not given an opportunity to show what they could do in the real world. Hence Charlotte Bronte chose to be Currer Bell, the male author of Jane Eyre, the story that reflected her life trapped in the Victorian society. So to sum up what I have talked about in my part of social life in the Victorian era. There existed a class system in which people of different classes were not allowed to associate with each other. As well, people in different classes often discriminated and looked down upon other classes. Poverty was seen as horrific and abominable back in society, and people without money were not treated well or with respect. A person who lived within a class could not get themselves out of that class unless by being married to a person of higher class which also would not happen. So therefore if you lived a bad life, your children would also live a bad life. And finally, women were not treated as equals nor were they seen as equals at all. Women back in the 19th century could only marry and take care of the family, or do nothing and be nothing. ...read more.

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