The Popularity of "Jane Eyre" Analytical Essay by savannah

The Popularity of "Jane Eyre"
Discusses the timeless popularity of the novel, "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte.
# 61729 | 2,503 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2005 | US
Published on Oct 23, 2005 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis) , Gender and Sexuality (General)

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More than a century ago, Charlotte Bronte wrote a story about the life of a penniless orphan struggling to survive while growing up in the world of Victorian England. Her novel, "Jane Eyre", is heavily influenced by events from Bronte's own life and is exceptionally realistic in it's depiction of life in Victorian England, including portrayals of social norms, class structures, economics, morality and gender roles. This paper shows that after it's publication in 1847, "Jane Eyre" was resoundingly heralded for its realism and authenticity relative to contemporary life. At the same time, images of Bronte's personal experiences in the mid-1800s dominate the story. The paper shows that "Jane Eyre", although distinctively set in the bygone world of Victorian England and scrupulously based on Charlotte Bronte's life, is a remarkably poignant tale of a destitute waif and her life's struggles that effortlessly transcends time and touches hearts today with its timeless message of courage, hope, and love in the face of injustice and persecution.

From the Paper:

"Finally, and perhaps most significantly, the gender roles relative to this historical period are exposed with complete authenticity and in exceptional detail, particularly in regards to employment, social conduct, and human sexuality. In Victorian England, in Jane Eyre, and in Charlotte Bronte's own experience, disparate expectations and opportunities for men and women were significant. Fiction and reality converged in their portrayals of socially acceptable roles and conduct and in marked contrast to contemporary society. However, both Jane Eyre and Charlotte Bronte also expressed the same frustrations and bitterness toward those standards."

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