Jane Eyre Context

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Jane Eyre: 


  • Religous - The beliefs of St John and Helen Burns were very common of the time Bronte was writing. This was a period of religous argument. 
  • Literary - The gothic movement influences Bronte's novel. The description of Thronfield and in reference to the supernatural and madness.
  • Global Historical - Colonialism and the rise of the Brirish Empire is imporant as a back group in Jane Eyre. This is suggested by references to Maderia and the West Indies. 
  • Political - Women at the time could not vote, own property or have higher education, yet Jane seeks to have some kind of indepdence despite all of this. 


  • Marriage - For Jane, the idea of marriage is a balance and a partnership - not for money


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