What are Charlotte Bronte's opinions about the social classes, based on Jane Eyre?
To define Charlotte Brontë's opinions with regard to social classes, look to the characters in her novel, Jane Eyre, and her opinions regarding the three things that the book focuses on: "education, women's employment an marriage."
Discussion of the classes arises in the way people were educated at the time. Schooling young men was a long-standing tradition. For many years, women were educated in a much less serious manner, and even then, based upon one's social standing. For many years, the poor were never educated, but by this time, all children were schooled, though the poorer class was given a "cursory" education which lasted only until they left to take jobs or join the military service.
For the emerging middle class, as well as the upper-class, education was much more refined, though still a more serious prospect for men than for women. Children when still quite young, would be taught by a governess—the job Jane takes when she leaves Lowood Institution. When boys were of the...
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