When we are asked about the "Victorian elements" of Jane Eyre, we're being asked to describe the primary themes that seem to have a lot to do with the Victorian era. The Victorian age is called thus due to Queen Victoria. She ruled England from 1837–1901.
What are the main "Victorian elements" of the classic Victorian novel Jane Eyre? One of the main topics of the Victorian Era was women. What was their place in society? What was their role?
We might ask the following questions: What is Jane's place in society? What’s her role? Jane is many things. She's an orphan, an abused child, and an abused pupil. She's also a governess, a teacher, and, eventually a mother and a wife. The whirlwind of subordinate identities link to how most women were expected to yield to men during the Victorian period.
Think about all the men Jane has to answer to and, however begrudgingly, depend upon: there’s Mr. Brocklehurst, Mr. Rochester, and St. John.
Another element of the Victorian age was isolation. We...
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