Jane Eyre, By Charlotte Bronte

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It is often said that it is the role of literature to challenge and confront the conventional values of a society. In the novel, Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte the idea of challenging and confronting conventional values is stressed often. Perhaps it is in relation to the author herself, as seen in the autobiographical elements recognizable throughout the novel. Some of these autobiographical elements include the form of which the novel is written in, called Bildungsroman where the story is focused around the growth from child to adult and all of the positives and negatives that fall in between. With the setting of the novel, society places a high value on the conventional ideas involved in this progression. The conventional values of society have been challenged in multiple ways in the novel including, illegitimacy, the gap between social classes, and both religion and law, to a great extent. One of the conventional values of society that has been challenged in the novel is the idea of illegitimacy, specifically in terms of the parentage of children. The substantial point of illegitimacy comes from the view of Adele, specifically the difference between Mr. Rochester’s and Jane’s perspectives. After finding out about the origins of Adele’s life from Mr. Rochester, Jane states that “Adele is not responsible for her mother’s faults or yours. I like her and now that I know she is like an orphan - abandoned by her mother and disowned by you, sir - I shall cling to her closer than

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