In the Victorian era, social mobility was rarely possible and those belonging to inferior classes were not valued. Brontë makes Jane an advocate for the acceptance of other classes and of social mobility by giving Jane an ambiguous social standing. She comes from a good family, is well-educated, yet for most of the novel she is a poor orphan. She acts subserviently towards Rochester and St. John, yet will not blindly follow their wishes or fold to their commands – she will only “obey [Rochester] in all that is right”. This, along wit...
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...als reasons for women’s equality and for why she believes love and morality should be valued over superficial Victorian values of beauty, wealth and social status. Brontë truly makes her critiques of Victorian culture effective by covertly integrating them into her novel through her female protagonist, Jane.
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