She goes on to make an apparent point as to the unfairness of how she is being treated. Jane Eyre By: Charlotte Brontë Every topic in life can be portrayed as a controversial issue. A balance is reached between Jane and Rochester only when he becomes physically disabled- literally reduced in worth- and dependent on her aid and guidance. Her station had improved through her acquired wealth by the time she returned to marry Mr Rochester. Jane is an average looking, intelligent, and brutally honest girl. Anne Brontë writes in vivid detail of these problems in her first novel, Agnes Grey 1847.
Rochester recklessly married Bertha in his youth, and when it was discovered shortly after the marriage that Bertha was sexually promiscuous, Rochester locked her away. The first provides three overall interpretations of the novel that are excellent examples of the most common approach to Jane Eyre: a reading that explores the psychological development of the novel's eponymous heroine. The history of Christianity is full of male martyrs who upon death are given hero status. It was virtually the only occupation that was considered respectable for a middle-class woman who had no family to support her, but the experience was often wretched. The story displays the prominent theme of all Victorian novels, while Bronte adds her own twist, making it interesting and insightful. We are aware that men of this day were driven by ambition and the wealth that would dress their name if associated with it.
They are discussed in , but some further comments might be helpful in this context. Despite Eyre eventually marrying Rochester, when his wife has passed away, she refuses throughout to conform to and comply with the social etiquette of the time. Female roles in the novel The novel contains a number of female roles with which Jane compares herself at various points. Why did Charlotte Brontë go to such great lengths on the publication of her acclaimed, best-selling novel, Jane Eyre, to conceal its authorship from her family, close friends, and the press? Jane's cries for love are mistaken as evil outburst by those who wish to keep women repressed. Therefore, it comes as no surprise that after centuries of physical and mental oppression, women subconsciously consider themselves inferior to men.
John Rivers is astonished by her direct approach because it is not expected of a woman in their society. This reflects upon their independence and strength in striving for their own beliefs and expressing their opinions. Women who take the same liberties that men do are seen infamously as charmers- using their allure to stupefy and triumph over men. They had to accept marriages and stick to them because if you did not then you would be seen as a wicked woman,Then men would not want to marry you because of your past actions. However, it is in the work of the Bronte sisters that one witnesses the most comprehensive, and sometimes startling account of the social and gender restraints of the time.
John that she could be perfectly happy as a simple teacher with her own school and a few students. Standards such as; women taking care of the children and being there for when the men needed them. Jane experiences internal conflict when she realizes that he is too good for her, and she is solely nothing in his eyes. A job as a governess was one of the only few respectable positions available to the educated but impoverished single women. He had not imagined that a woman would dare to speak so to a man. John—or Bertha, who has no control over her emotions… Brontë uses many themes of Gothic novels to add drama and suspense to Jane Eyre.
Careers are where gender roles are at their best. Jane Eyre is simplistic in her ambitions, thoughts, and clothing opposite of Blanche Ingram. The protagonist overcomes these trails and is independent at the end. The conditions present in the Victorian era, and specifically the condition of contemporary gender relations, allowed this genre to produce almost exclusively male protagonists. Gender Roles in Jane Eyre To varying degrees, presently common in Victorian novels during the nineteenth century. Jane takes on the role as a middle class women, educating Adele, while still living and earning a payment under her master.
Often Jane reflects on herself as being unconventional particularly in the way she talks with Mr Rochester. London: The Macmillan Press Ltd, 1988. In the lower class there was always a desperate struggle to survive which contrasted to the life led by the upper class, socializing with people like themselves. Racial ethnicity effects how some women are treated and what they are given in job opportunities. Once women approach a situation believing they are inferior, it becomes easy for their male opponents to subconsciously manipulate the situation.
By no means did this make her weak upon returning, for any other woman would have never left in the first place to discover herself. With this, Jane shares how women are expected to find a meaning to their lives, yet proves that she does not need to conform with the standards and guidance of men. And Charlotte Brontë uses that as a kind of wedge or a kind of prism through which she reveals so much about the workings of 19th-century society — and, of course, it's got a happy ending. Despite the fact that Jane lives in a very luxurious and noble house, it is not much of a home to her; she is constantly being reminded by John Reed about merely being a dependent there. Both in class terms and in gender terms they're somewhere oddly betwixt and between Jane — there she is in the sitting room — she's in the room, but she's not really properly of it. John Reed is a prime example of how class and gender conformities seep through the very permeable age barrier at a young age. Women were steered away from independence, confidence, and Jane is filled with passion, however, and her willful disobedience is often her attempt to explain her feelings.
She refuses to compromise her principles, to deform her own sense of self. How would the story be different if Jane were not poor? Men are the primary authority figures in a patriarchal family- fathers are superior in the household and hold jurisdiction over women, children, and property. United Kingdom: Clarendon Press, 2000. As Jane develops her relationship with God, Mr. Rochester, who's hired her as governess for his ward, Adele. Bertha is locked away from society due to her breaking of the gender expectations set for a woman.
However, when Jane finds out about Bertha Mason, Mr. The anthology is structured in three sections. Overall, the three Bronte sisters are highly known in English literature for their historical prominence that made them significant to the era of the Victorians. They were not permitted to develop nor expected to, and even venturing out on their own was considered inappropriate. The purpose of Bronte's novel is to demonstrate that women could go beyond the oppressive limitations of their environment and find fulfillment.