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By Anne Brontë

Written while women—and staff generally—had few rights in England, Agnes Grey exposes the brutal inequities of the inflexible classification approach in mid-nineteenth century Britain. Agnes comes from a good middle-class family members, yet their monetary reverses have pressured her to hunt paintings as a governess. Pampered and guarded at domestic, she is unprepared for the cruel truth of a governess’s existence. on the Bloomfields and later the Murrays, she suffers below the snobbery and sadism of the egocentric, self-indulgent upper-class adults and the shrieking insolence in their spoiled teenagers. Worse, the original social and fiscal place of a governess—“beneath” her employers yet “above” their servants—condemns her to a lifetime of loneliness.

Less celebrated than her older sisters Charlotte and Emily, Anne Bronte used to be additionally much less drawn to spinning wildly symbolic, romantic stories and extra made up our minds to attract sensible pictures of stipulations in Victorian England that desire altering. whereas Charlotte’s Jane Eyre encompasses a governess who finally and improbably marries her corporation, Agnes Grey bargains with the particular stories of middle-class operating ladies, stories Anne had herself continued in the course of her hateful tenure as a governess.

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