Jane Eyre - Essay

Love Conquers Class
Victorian England was a time where class played an extremely important role in one’s life and future.   In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, the protagonist, Jane, must overcome the social justice of classism.   In Jane’s early days of childhood, she faces classism which stems from her aunt and her inability to please her.   As Jane grows, she gains an understanding of society’s dependency on classism through her experiences at boarding school, as a governess, a beggar and a school teacher.   However, she learns to appreciate herself and stay true to her own beliefs and morals despite it all and finally through hard work, determination and love, Jane is able to gain independence, and happiness. Charlotte Bronte shows that despite society’s tendency to judge one unfairly based on class in the Victorian era, love allows individuals to see beyond class to discover one’s true character.   She proves this by showing that class determines the opinions of others, regardless of their behavior.   Society believes certain classes have certain characteristics and automatically stereotype people based on this rather than understanding the person as an individual.   However, love allowed people to overcome the obstacle of class and appreciate someone for their personality rather than their class.
Innocence and obedience is often overlooked and one deemed misbehaving solely because of one’s class.   While staying in the Reed household, Jane is often subject to injustice due to her class.   Jane was always questions her unfair treatment and wonders:   “All John Reed’s violent tyrannies, all his sisters’ proud indifference, all his mother’s aversion, all the servant’s partiality, turned up in my disturbed mind like a dark deposit in a turbid well.   Why was I always suffering, always browbeaten, always accused, forever condemned?”   (8).   Jane’s misbehaving cousins act with disrespect, yet, they are not reprimanded for their actions.   However, Jane, who is usually the...