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Feminism And Marxism In Brontë's Jane Eyre

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Marxism ploys In Jane Eyre In her book Jane Eyre, Brontë used power and religion as the main ties to everything. She used them throughout the novel to highlight and define the problems and characteristics in all the characters in the novel. She uses some of her own life experiences and pains to reflect it onto Jane’s life to portray her as a dynamic women of her time through her pains in life. She uses the marxism lense to play on the theme of how class and power can divide people throughout life, and how they are as people. In the beginning of the novel Jane first hit her first challenge with power while living with her aunt in Gateshead. Everyone in the house treated her as a poor orphan because she was left all alone. Her cousins were…show more content…
Jane had wondered to herself as to why life was set up that way and why was the suffering always for the less fortunate like herself. “Why was I always suffering, always browbeaten, always accused, for ever condemned? Why could I never please? Why was it useless to try to win any one's favour?” (pg. 16) This thought by Jane opened a lot of others throughout the novel, but it also lead Jane to the conclusion that as long as she remained in this position of poverty she will always be treated this way. During Jane’s childhood she often rebelled due to the horrible treatment she got due to her status as an orphan. Jane viewed herself as essentially useless due to her lack of money and status. Due to this thought Jane was turned to the ideology of how people of her status had no one to truly turn to or benefit but God himself. This stance is something Jane turned away from because she often question the role of God throughout her readings due to no proof she found…show more content…
The apparent power plays through religion, and social class made a very clear message of how social classes can divide someone. Throughout the novel Jane didn’t value herself or see herself superior because of how she was raised as an orphan and was isolated to everyone around her of a higher class. She thought of herself as useless until later on in her life when she saw the true purpose of her life. When Jane acquired money she felt as she had amounted to something, but truly met her match when she married Rochester who was of a higher class. Through the Marxism lense I was able to see Jane grow as a woman even with her setbacks in life because she continued to push the envelope and break the social status that she was born
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