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What do you find interesting in Bronte's portrayal of Jane Eyre? How does it reflect the social issues of the time?

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What do you find interesting in Bronte's portrayal of Jane Eyre? How does it reflect the social issues of the time? The novel Jane Eyre was written to show people the hypocrisy and the social injustice of the time. This book highlight issues such as religion, poverty, education, women and marriage. First I'm going to talk about poverty, Bronte felt that poor people were treated unfairly as she shows by making Jane an orphan with not a penny to her name. Jane is treated very cruelly by her wealthy aunt, which is shown when she tells her own son (Jane's cousin) that Jane is not good enough for them: 'she is not of worthy notice; I do not choose that either you or your sisters should associate with her'. Bronte felt that rich people felt no duty towards the poor and were happy for them to end up in workhouses or poor houses, swept with disease where they would eventually be 'taken care of'. ...read more.


John Rivers. Brocklehurst's hypocritical support of his own luxuriously wealthy family at the expense of the Lowood students illustrates the danger and hypocrisy of the time. He also takes great pleasure in humiliating one of Jane's classmates by telling her to cut her naturally curly hair so it will lie straight this is completely un - Christian. Helen Burns faith is too passive for Jane although she loves and admires Helen for it. St. John Rivers type of faith is very ambitious and glorious which Jane does not take on because she feels it would be disloyal to herself. However Jane does have faith when she is on the heath wandering starving and exhausted she prays to god, she also refuses to live with Rochester while he is still viewed as married. Jane manages to find some kind of middle ground that is not hateful like Brocklehurst but is neither requiring you to retreat from everyday life like Helen Burns and St. ...read more.


However social boundaries are never bent and she can only marry Rochester when she becomes his equal and comes into her own wealth. There are three main characters that in some way treat Jane unfairly because she is a woman and they are Mr Brocklehurst, Edward Rochester and St. John Rivers. Jane must escape Brocklehurst, reject St. John, and come to Rochester only after ensuring that they may marry as equals. She will not depend solely on Rochester for love and she can be financially independent. Furthermore, Rochester is blind at the novel's end and thus dependent upon Jane. During Jane's life there are many characters and events which discriminate against her because she is poor, a women, thought to be un - educated and un - religious. However she over comes all these obstacles in one way or another and she is eventually happy in love and life, pretty much showing you can over come anything. ...read more.

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