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How does Charlotte Brontë present Jane as the interesting and convincing heroine of this romantic novel?

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Laura Clark How does Charlotte Bront� present Jane as the interesting and convincing heroine of this romantic novel? The novel "Jane Eyre " written by Charlotte Bront�, is one of great love story tradition, in which Jane Eyre is clearly the heroine of the novel. She is a heroine in the way she copes, and is also a significant female role model. From the very beginning Jane has had to be strong and cope with much hardship. The harsh upbringing that Jane has had to endure from her Aunt, and the torment from her cousins have made her very strong-minded, as a result of which she has matured early and has a well-developed sense of right and wrong. ...read more.


The themes of female independence and the role of women in the late eighteenth century are both strong ones throughout the book. Marriage was seen as the only goal in a woman's life and was taken very seriously as a financial and business deal. Jane could easily be described as a "feminist", as she rejects the man she loves. She would rather be alone and independent than with Rochester on his rules, having to "admire and emulate his courage and devotion and vigour: accommodate quietly to his masterhood" and "smile undisturbed at his ineradicable ambition". Jane says that she would "suffer often, no doubt, attached to him only in this capacity." ...read more.


Bront� also uses the surroundings to depict Jane's mood: the afternoon was depressing offering "a pale blank of mist and cloud". This tells us that Jane is feeling low and depressed. Charlotte often uses these images of nature and they become heavily symbolic and important in the novel. In conclusion, Charlotte Bront� uses many ways to show Jane Eyre as an interesting and convincing heroine of this romantic novel. Bront�'s plot with its series of hopes and disappointments, the use of Jane's intimate narration of the story, and powerful symbolic description all combine to help the reader to feel closer to Jane and therefore, to follow her through all her trials to a happy ending deserved by such a brave, independent and virtuous woman. ...read more.

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