“Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.”
– Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre
October 6, 1847 a book titled “Jane Eyre” was first published in London. Written under the pseudonym Curer Bell, this coming of age story was an immediate success. It was such a success that the author was called to the publishing house to make herself known. So it was that Charlotte Bronte was credited with her work. A woman of all things! Of course, this would never do for many critics. Once they knew “he” was definitely a she, the book could do no right. All the same, Charlotte Bronte was greatly admired by many. She created a powerful work of realism. She managed to condemn some injustice, while seeming to embrace others. In doing so, she proves we may hold prejudice unawares; and just because a prejudice holds us back, doesn’t mean it has to keep us down.