Theme Of Classism In Jane Eyre

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One of the cornerstone aspects of Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre is classism, focusing on Jane’s and other character’s struggle to live meaningful and fulfilling lives in a society deeply rooted in class divisions and social norms. Examining the story through a classism lens illuminates our understanding of the manner in which “power” operates in the novel and allows us to develop a rich, unique framework for understanding the mindsets of the characters and their circumstances. From the beginning of the novel, Bronte immediately establishes society 's prevailing class and power hierarchy, and as the story progresses, Jane’s growing sense of will leads her to have to make critical decisions about what she truly values and what life path she will follow. Bronte initiates her story immediately immersing the reader in the societal class divisions of the Victorian society. The first segment of the novel that can be explicated through a classism lens is Jane’s experiences at Gateshead and Lowood. Towards the beginning, when young Jane is reminded by Bessie that she must obey Mrs. Reed, Jane ponders: “I had nothing to say to these words: they were not new to me: my very first recollections of existence included hints of the same kind…. ‘And you ought not to think yourself on an equality with the Misses Reed and Master Reed, because Missis kindly allows you to be brought up with them. They will have a great deal of money, and you will have none: but is your place to be humble,
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