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    • Religion
      • Jane struggles to find the right balance between moral duty and earthly pleasure
      • 3 main relogious figures
        • Mr Brockelhurst
          • hypocrite
          • claims to be purging his students of pride through humiliation = un-christian
        • St John Rivers
          • urges Jane to sacrifice her emotional deeds for the fulfillment of her moral duty
        • Helen Burns
          • first introduces her to god
    • Social Class
      • social position of governesses
      • Jane’s manners, sophistication, and education are those of an aristocrat, because Victorian governesses, who tutored children in etiquette as well as academics, were expected to possess the “culture” of the aristocracy
      • more or less treated as servants
      • Jane herself speaks out against class prejudice
    • Gender Relations
      • Jane struggles continually to achieve equality and to overcome oppression
      • fight against patriarchal domination
      • three central male figures threaten her
        • Mr. Brocklehurst
        • Edward Rochester
        • St. John Rivers
      • come to Rochester only after ensuring that they may marry as equals


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