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What do we learn about Charlotte Brontes view of the nineteenth century system of education in Jane Eyre?
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What do we learn about Charlotte Bronte's view of the nineteenth century system of education in Jane Eyre?
I would be using the novel, Jane Eyre as a device to illustrate Charlotte Bronte's view of the nineteenth century system of education. This novel was published by Bronte in 1847 under the false name Currer Bell. I think this alone is a good evidence of the social and cultural background that prevailed in the nineteenth century. It was a male dominant world. Girls from upper class families were taught by a governess. Boys were often sent to public schools like Eton. Middle class boys went to grammar schools while the middle class girls went to private schools. The poor went to a village school where they were taught a little reading, writing, needle work and arithmetic. The education was very basic. In fact one's wealth decided on the quality of education that they might receive. This novel is basically a reflection of Bronte's view of the nineteenth century system of education. Bronte's has made up the fictional character Jane Eyre to depict her views of education that prevailed at that time. In fact Jane's thoughts, words and actions are
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