Religious Morality In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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Charlotte Brontë’s iconic English novel, Jane Eyre (1847), has been valued by many audiences in its ability to induce strong feelings towards characters and their fundamental world-views. The principles of these characters regarding the distinction between right and wrong strongly suggests that morality is one of these fundamental concerns. Throughout Jane Eyre, certain characters’ inability to reject the effect of societal expectations surrounding gender expectations, religious conventions and social class distinctions ultimately leads to their development of a sense of morality. Throughout Jane Eyre, Brontë deliberately reflects the significant impact of religious societal conventions through her characters’ concerns manifested in their…show more content…
The stratification of society at the time of Jane Eyre’s creation acted as a catalyst for the conceived superiority of the upper class, and their apathy towards the suffering of others. The high modality and divisive connotations of “worth” “notice” and “association” when Mrs Reed states, “I told you not to go near her: she is not worth of notice. I do not choose that either you or your sisters should associate with her,” her immoral distain for the lower classes is displayed through her attitude towards Jane and her interactions with the Reed children. This reinforces the influence of class within Reed’s concerns. She immorally disregards the necessity of Jane joining the family unit, instead prioritising the maintenance of class distinction. Further, the negative connotations of the setting when Jane describes Gateshead as “chill” and “solemn”, with “a sense of dreary concentration,” shows that Reed’s concerns surrounding class and immorality has a considerable impact upon Jane’s development, the effect of this reflected by her negative description of her surroundings at Gateshead, the house of the
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