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Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre Jane Eyre is a book written in 1847 by a woman named Charlotte Bront�. She had published the book under the name of Currer Bell to discourage any bad publicity, in Victorian times if a woman had written a book it wouldn't be unusual if no one read it. In the book the main character relates to the writer in many ways the strongest relevance of all being they were non-believers in the stereotypical Victorian woman. I would say this book could have been the start of a revolution of how women thought & how they act. The book is about an articulate young Victorian woman who has radical ideas on the treatment & expectations of Victorian women. In the time it was written women were expected to be submissive to men & men would treat women as objects, a prize if it be his wife. Charlotte Bront� suggests that this was wrong which was very peculiar, as a woman was not expected to her own views. In my essay I will be particularly looking at Jane's character but also in little detail her friends & family. At Gateshead the weather is rainy & windy "ceaseless rain sweeping away wildly before a long & lamenting blast" this is an example of pathetic fallacy which Charlotte Bront� uses to show Jane's emotions. ...read more.

Middle

Jane is completely the opposite & yet she survives & lives a happy & full life. When Jane moves to Thornfield she seems to be the perfect match for Mr Rochester. Mr Rochester is the owner of Thornfield where Jane has come to work as governess, Mr Rochester is apparently single & is hard to get along with as he is articulate in his speech & sometimes hard to understand. However Jane is also very well spoken & they appear to converse in their own language they seem to have formed before they met. Charlotte Bront� is showing Jane as Mr Rochester's equal. This would be unheard of in that time, a woman, equal to a man. Certainly a woman as high up in the heirachy as Mr Rochester would be unheard of. When Jane rescues Mr Rochester from the fire the gender roles are reversed as Jane becomes the dominant heroin & Mr Rochester the distressed one. A "perfect" Victorian woman would never have tried to save Mr Rochester the way Jane does. All through the scene Bront� uses active verbs to show Jane's actions as being fast & in a way not thought through. ...read more.

Conclusion

He is reliant on her to accomplish certain simple tasks. Jane finally gets to be with her love & I think this is showing the idealistic woman is completely wrong & if you go against that then you will find happiness. Charlotte Bront� portrays the ideal Victorian woman as having a dull & unfulfilling life with not an exciting future. In the case of Helen Burns, her life was short & miserable from what we see, this seems to get the point across that the ideal Victorian woman will not have a nice life. However the rebel of the story, Jane gets a nice house, lots of money, a man who respects her & sees her as her equal & not a trophy. She goes against all ideas of what a woman should be & everything comes out fine for her. This shows Charlotte Bront� believes that the Victorian's portrayal of a woman is all wrong & I think this book could have been influence to the suffragettes as they fought for women's rights Charlotte Bront� did so in a much more subtle & anonymous way. In Conclusion I think Charlotte Bront� wanted women to realise they could do better & be as good as, if not better than men & I think she shows this very well through her main character, Jane. ...read more.

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