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Jane Eyre Social Class

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Furthermore, Jane fights against the stereotypes of social class during her time at the Moore House. Readers find Jane Eyre in the most vulnerable state after her departure from Thornfield, “...I can scarcely bear to review the times to which I allude: the moral degradation, blent with physical suffering, form too distressing a recollection ever to be willingly dwelt on” (Bronte 324). All of her life, Jane Eyre has worked towards proving her worth to society; to avoid remaining in a degrading situation. As she arrives at the Moore House, Jane Eyre must once again, prove that she has worth. This comes with ease in her relationships with the women of the household, "With the Rivers sisters, Jane enjoys a relationship of mutual respect, where all labor to educate themselves and to help one another. Authority only intervenes in the figure of their brother, St John Rivers..." (Gordon 49).…show more content…
These demands include requests such as working at his school, learning the same language he is learning, and eventually entering a loveless marriage with him. These requests place Jane Eyre in a position where she feels threatened by a misleading, authoritative figure. In the face of these hardships, Jane Eyre learns of her inherited wealth. The fortune signifies her unambiguous independence from social injustice. This helps her to reject St John Rivers marriage proposal, “...she will be liberated from the necessity of marrying where there is no love” (Moglen 51-52). In her denial of St John Rivers, Jane Eyre is reassured that she does things for herself, she can not be persuaded into another one’s wishes, and that "...she must be her own guide..." (Gordon 50). Refusing a man’s marriage proposal is just another example of Charlotte Bronte’s attempt to obliterate accepted, social norms of the
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