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Is Jane a typical 19th Century Heroine?

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05-02-01 Aleaze Tapper Is Jane a typical 19th Century Heroine? Women were expected to be seen not heard just the same as children. Women were also expected to be very calm, composed and very collected. Jane Eyre did not like this idea because she felt that women should be treated just the same as men but this was unheard of in the 19th century! At Gateshead Jane Eyre was very strong when at the age of only ten years old Jane tells her aunt Reed that she hates her. Jane says lots of hurtful things to Mrs Reed, but Jane says the hurtful acquisition because she knows what she is saying is the truth. The nasty comments needed to be said by Jane to Mrs Reed to prove that Jane could stand up for her self. Jane Eyre's reaction to Mr Brocklehurst is very different to the reaction with Mrs Reed. Jane stands on the stool in front of the whole school when being accused by Mr Brocklehurst of being a liar and doesn't say a word in her defence. ...read more.


It could even result in being sent back to Gateshead. Going back to Gateshead now would be like giving Jane a life sentence. If she was sent back Mrs Reed wouldn't want her any way so she would have to moved some where else again and that's the last thing Jane needs or wants. One of the last things Jane said to Mrs Reed was that she never wanted to see her again and Jane meant every single word when she said this. And frankly if it meant standing on a stool not taking for half an hour then Jane was prepared to do it in order never to see her enemy Mrs Reed again. Mr Rochester recognise Jane's strength and relies on her in many ways. One of the ways is when they first meet it is symbolic. Mr Rochester also sees Jane's strengths through her paintings. Mr Rochester also relies on her again when his bed curtains go up in flames if it wasn't for Jane his bedclothes would of caught fire and he would be dead. ...read more.


Jane says this whilst Mr Rochester and she are choosing dresses. This shows that Jane does not want to change for she knows Mr Rochester fell in love with her the ways she is now so why the need for change? When Jane finds out that Mr Rochester is married you would expect her to fall to pieces but she does not instead she uses this to make her character stronger. Mr Rochester then wants Jane to become his mistress. Jane knowing that this is morally wrong departs from Throne field quietly. Another way that Jane shows her strength of character is when she says: " READER, I MARRIED HIM " she does not say we got married, so by saying I married him, shows that despite Mr Rochester's disabilities and despite what people had said about them in the pass she married him. Through marring Mr Rochester Jane becomes his vision, this again shows that Mr Rochester not only relies and trusts Jane but now he needs her more than any body in the whole world. Only somebody with Jane's strength of character could have achieved this. ...read more.

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