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In the preface to Jane Eyre Charlotte Bront writing as Currer Bell explains her reasons for dedicating her book to W M Thackeray the author of Vanity Fair Apparently the main reason for this was because I regard him as the first social regenerator of the day as the master of the working corps who would restore to rectitude the warped system of things We thus see that Charlotte saw the value of a novel as being in its capacity to influence opinion and effect social change In reading Jane Eyre we can see that she aimed to do this in her own novel as well We also see that the nature and placement of the characters in it especially Jane and the particular way they are created in our minds is in many ways for this particular purpose Jane Eyre was published in 1847 at the height of the infamous Victorian Era It was an age of science and industrial revolution of empire and of Darwin And yet Victorian society was one in which the numbers of domestic servants exceeded those of labourers in any other industry and women had a completely different standing to men under the law Charlottes life at this point had been taken up with studying and teaching at various establishments as well as an unsuccessful couple of years as a governess Her issue - springing as it must from experience - was thus with the status of women in society especially those with intelligence and learning but without beauty or money ie teachers and governesses like herself Jane Eyre her heroine must thus be plain and poor and a governess According to societys values however this was a paradox an impossibility Her sisters had once defended their beautiful heroines saying it was impossible to make a hero interesting in any other way Jane needed to find a way around this sort of attitude if she was to
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