Historical Criticism: Jane Eyre

Original Text: Historical Criticism: Jane Eyre


Jane Eyre was written during a historic time period, called the Victorian Era. In this paper I will be explaining the social status, and events happening during that time period, how people were treated, and how people live back then.
The economic situation was affected by the political reform that happened. It caused a lot of men, women and children to go in factories and agricultural workplaces and work. Before this happened the women were pretty much what you would call house slaves, girls wasn’t highly respected, they weren’t allowed to go out and get a job in a work place, and if you was wealthy or from a royal family you wouldn’t work. But in this book Bronte made it where Jane got a job that would have fit her social status, she had Jane going off to go work in a school to tutor a little girl called Adele. She also describes the life of women that worked for someone by telling about the servants that worked and lived for Rochester and the ones who worked and lived with Mrs. Reed as well. Mr. Rochester and Mrs. Reed and this is an example of how people of wealthy family and those of royalty. They have servants and people who ran the houses, Rochester traveled a lot and he paid Mrs. Fairfax to watch out over and run things Mrs. Reed while she was being mean she had her servants cleaning, cooking and sometimes watching over the children.
Diseases spread rapidly through England at this time, especially Typhus, a lot had to do with the working condition the industrial reform brought by having their workers work in long hours and horrible conditions and these were men, women, and children in these conditions. But these wasn’t the only places that had these horrible conditions, the schools wasn’t kept up very well and in the book Bronte showed us this by describing the virus running through school and killing people including her best friend. This may be a way to show what people went through losing a love one over a disease that they can’t cure. It was also spreading through the poor because it talks about how her parents died from helping the poor.
Religion was big part during the Victorian period, there was a big movement called the Evangelical movement. She struggled at choosing a religion, in the novel Bronte uses three people as models of religion and she rejects all three models and comes to her own conclusion. Jane takes the best of both worlds from Helen and Brocklehurst’s opinion and forms her own which makes her comfortable.
Clothing for Jane is very different compared to the Victorian Era clothing. In the book she got insulted with a comment saying “Jane is plain”. Back then girls dress with very elegant style.
As you can see the Victorian period matched Jane Eyre, which had a lot influence in how Bronte wrote the story. It matches with the clothing, religion, diseases and the industrial reform. Jane Eyre made Bronte one of the best writers in the Victorian era.

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Revised Text:

Jane Eyre was written during the historic period known as the Victorian Era. In this paper I will be explaining social status and events happening during that time period, how people were treated, and how people lived back then.

The economy was affected by political reforms and many men, women and children went into factories and agricultural workplaces for work. Before this happened, women were pretty much what you would call house slaves, girls wasn’t highly respected, they weren’t allowed to go out and get a job in a work place. If you was wealthy or from a royal family you wouldn’t work. In this book, Bronte tells how Jane got a job that would fit her social status. She had Jane going off to go work in a school to tutor a little girl called Adele. She also describes the lives of women that worked for someone, by telling about the servants that worked and lived for Rochester and the ones who worked and lived with Mrs. Reed as well.

Mr. Rochester and Mrs. Reed are examples of how people of wealthy families and royalty lived. They had servants and people who ran the houses. Rochester traveled a lot and paid Mrs. Fairfax to watch over and run things. Mrs. Reed was mean and had her servants cleaning, cooking and sometimes watching over the children.

Diseases spread rapidly through England at this time, especially Typhus. A lot of this had to do with the working conditions the industrial reform brought about, having workers work long hours and in horrible conditions. Men, women, and children all in these conditions. But these weren’t the only places that had horrible conditions, the schools weren’t kept up very well, and in the book, Bronte showed us this by describing the virus running through school and killing people, including Jane's best friend. This may have been a way of showing what people went through, losing a loved one to a disease that they couldn’t cure.
disease was also spreading through the poor and the story tells about how Jane's parents died while helping the poor.

Religion was big during the Victorian period, a big example being the Evangelical movement. Jane struggled at choosing a religion. in the novel, Bronte uses three people as models of religion, rejects all three models, and comes to her own conclusion. Jane takes the best of both worlds, from Helen and Brocklehurst’s opinions, and forms her own decision, which makes her comfortable.

Clothing for Jane was very different from other Victorian Era clothing. In the book, she was insulted by a comment saying “Jane is plain”. Back then girls dressed with a very elegant style.

As you can see, the Victorian period matched Jane Eyre, which had a lot of influence in how Bronte wrote the story. It matches with the clothing, religion, diseases and the industrial reforms.

Jane Eyre made Bronte one of the best writers in the Victorian era.

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