Brontë establishes explicit contrasts between Jane and Bertha, but she also suggests that there are underpinning parallels between these two passionate forms of womanhood. Jane grows up with a natural inquiring of authorization and an independent, un-coercive head. In Victorian times, lower class people were not allowed to even peep or glance out of their metaphorical box but Jane not only peeps but emerges from that box and raises her status to being high-class as she gets married to Rochester and he is of a noble class. Or is it the militant activist, all protest signs and shrieking indignation? She does not wish to be part of the group and participate in their games as she is below them in social class and does not want to impose herself on them as an equal. She faces off with a series of men who do not respect women as their equals. Her station had improved through her acquired wealth by the time she returned to marry Mr Rochester.
Jane will be discussed in more detail later on. Her father was the vicar of the village she lived in. Even though the novel is romantic, not gothic, metatonamy, references to the supernatural, and other gothic features can all be found in 'Jane Eyre'. Rochester, who's hired her as governess for his ward, Adele. Rochester she did not continue to be a governess but she does not lose her independence.
Another scandal is that Georgiana eloped with a man. Throughout the novel, Jane faces many adversities that genuinely tested her spirit and unity. Do you think there is a Freudian element in Jane, an orphan, falling for an older man like Rochester? Thus, Jane Eyre is an epitome of femininity - a young independent individual steadfast in her morals and has strong Christian virtues, dominant, assertive and principled. She lives with her aunt and cousins, the Reeds, at Gateshead Hall. Boston: Bedford Books of St. Violence is conventionally understood as a practice that causes physical offense, whereas it actually constitutes several types of offensive behaviors that may not necessarily be physical. To begin she shows sorrow and hatred.
Brontes creation of a new and powerful woman created a stirr amoungst Victorian Critics. Some, like Jane, managed to achieve their goals, while others like Bertha who were not fortunate enough, were forced to stay forever locked up in a tower, playing mad princesses. Women were starting to realize and appreciate their roles in society and had started breaking and rebelling against the constraints of society set for them. When Jane is only ten years old, we are shown a glimpse of her strength of character. Jane is 18; Rochester is 40 — old enough to be her father.
Money, Power, and Self Nevertheless, Jane is still very much a woman of her own mind and free will, hence her status as an early feminist character. Charlotte Brontë herself had worked as a governess and a teacher, but had hated it. London: Croom and Helm Ltd. The reason she lives with them is because it was the dying wish of her uncle reed, who is established as a benevolent character. Romantic Era writers valued nature. The book was written over a century ago, and before reading the book, I did question why anyone would be interested in a book which was old-fashioned and irrelevant to the world today. With her two sisters, Maria and Elizabeth she was sent to a very strict boarding school where she was very unhappy.
Rochester was worth less than she thought she declined the offer of marriage. Rochester, Jane is quick to fall for him. This stage in the book is an important developmental period for her character, because governesses acted as a divider for the lower and middle class. Also, what she can and can't do is limited to what he wants. This makes the reader immediately aware of the sadness of Jane's childhood. In conclusion, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is the breakthrough of the Victorian Age literary work, because: 1 the character itself is the total opposite of what a woman should be in the Victorian Era, 2 unlike other literary works, the main character of Jane Eyre is described as a physically unattractivewoman — a plain Jane — yet enriched with such an exceptional traits and qualities, and 3 this novel was such an inspiration for probably most of women lived in the Victoria period. So, she shows a difference of landscape first of all, there's no bonny beck, there's no rill, so it's a much wilder landscape she wants, but it's also she wants a different kind of house, she wants a different kind of people, she wants a wider social range than anything that Austen can give her.
What crime was this that lived incarnate in this sequestered mansion, and could neither be expelled nor subdued by the owner? I could never rest in communication with strong, discreet, and refined minds, whether male or female, till I had passed the outworks of conventional reserve, and crossed the threshold of confidence, and won a place by their heart's very hearthstone. She believes that without any mutual feeling, the marriage simply will not have any meaning. By Jane expressing these feelings, she is giving us an insight on the mindsets of lower class woman during the. To add more value on the girls, they must be able to speak in foreign languages such as French and Italian , sing, and play an instrument. For example when Jane tells Mr. Do you think I am an automaton? Brocklehurst, Helen Burns and St.
This is a very controversial topic in those days and many families would disown their child for doing it. Therefore, to be chosen to married a man is such a great honour and privilege for the woman. This shows how even someone like Jane wanted to do what was right in their society. They fit perfectly well with the typical image of middle class ladies. It was unusual for that.