What is the social role and place of the governess in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte?
The protagonist of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is Jane Eyre. In the novel, Jane begins as an unwanted and rather persecuted orphan who becomes a governess by being diligent in her studies (and learning to curb her impulsiveness and temper). When she has been a paid teacher at Lowood for two years, Jane advertises herself as a governess and does get a position. She has a suitable education to be a governess, even at the age of eighteen;
"She is qualified to teach the usual branches of a good English education, together with French, Drawing, and Music" (in those days, reader, this now narrow catalogue of accomplishments, would have been held tolerably comprehensive).
Now that she has a job, the most difficult aspects of being a governess are about to become realities to her.
As a governess, Jane lives in many worlds yet not wholly in one. In one respect, she is a member of the family, yet she is not allowed to be quite so familiar as a sister or mother would be. She is also as well...
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