• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Jane Eyre Is A Feminist Novel: Discuss.

Extracts from this document...


Jane Eyre Is A Feminist Novel: Discuss. In the early nineteenth century, which was when Brönte wrote the book, men were considered to be superior to women and therefore played a much more dominant role in society whereas women were secondary and thought to be merely appendages to men. The heroine of the novel Jane Eyre contradicts the role women played as she is brave enough to say “no” to the social conventions and instead play the role that she wants to play instead of the role she “should” portray. As the author of this classic, Charlotte Brönte is thought to be a pioneer of the feminist movement. This essay is to explore the aspects of feminism and the oppression of men within the novel to explain why the book is considered to be a feminist novel. Jane was oppressed by four different men during the novel although in different ways. The first of these was her cousin John Reed, who tormented and bullied young Jane because she was an orphan. ...read more.


Mr Brocklehurst represents those who obtained a very strong belief in the women-inferiority theory, which he expresses when he says, ?My plan in bringing up these girls is?to render them hardy, patient, self-denying? and also through his actions of allowing the girls no luxuries, be it in food, or clothing, etc. It appeared to be his opinion that women should live a simple life perhaps in order to depend on men. He insults Jane in the novel and says she is evil and should be shunned by her peers despite the lack of proof for his statement he is not overruled or ignored because of his superiority because he appears as quite a threatening character or simply because he is a man. The main male protagonist in the novel, Edward Rochester, although undeniably in love with Jane seemed to try and control her slightly, for example he seems to want to change Jane through buying her several dresses, etc. which are overly extravagant compared to her own plain and standard wardrobe. ...read more.


Women had no control in their lives or even over their bodies; they had no idea of their value they were just a possession belonging to a man. Whilst some women were quite content just to follow this regime, some like Jane were unhappy with the obvious dominance of men and henceforth the obvious lack of equality between the two genders and so I believe that the characteristics and beliefs of Jane are what most strongly equate to this being a feminist novel. To conclude I believe that there are several reasons and points within the book that successfully suggests that Jane Eyre is a feminist novel, but I think most prominent and perhaps obvious is the overall character of Jane and how she breaks out of the mould of the typical woman with her independent and intelligent actions. When reading the novel, women of that time would perhaps look to Jane as a heroine and feel inspired that there is may be more to a woman than merely a wife and a mother, but a strong, independent individual. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Criticism & Comparison section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Criticism & Comparison essays

  1. Using Pinters The Birthday Party and Churchills Top Girls explain the difference between Absurd ...

    She is praised for her dramaturgy in this exposition of recalling past events and her use of theatrical time. She covers aspects of women in society which although known were not really talked about. The aim of Churchill plays were not to push women to adopt masculine characteristics but to

  2. Cold War Literature - the particular ways of thinking present throughout the Cold War ...

    The Cold War era is often characterised by deceit, manipulation and betrayal, thus challenging values of honour and loyalty as society learnt of defections and double agents. The idea of manipulation, perhaps an illusion to political manipulation, is conveyed strongly in The Spy who came in from the Cold particularly

  1. Examine how classes have different class conditions, communities and values in both North and ...

    The furniture used in working class homes may have not been out of choice, but as a result of low income from their jobs. Which highlights that many working class workers were not employed in high positions jobs, but were manual workers.

  2. Compare the ways in which Philip Larkin and Carol Ann Duffy present the theme ...

    atop red stretcher blankets?, the elongated effect of the alliteration serving as the only definite point of transition. Otherwise, the face isn?t given any attention as ?it is carried in and stowed?, the pronoun ?it? dehumanising the person and the use of verbs which carry connotations of luggage also demonstrates

  1. In King Lear Shakespeare creates a morally chaotic world. How far and in what ...

    His rash reaction to Cordelia?s refusal to perform, pledging to ?disclaim all paternal care? illustrates how his hubris stops him from being able to differentiate between his honest daughter and his deceitful daughters. It also demonstrates the way in which the antagonists exploit the hamartia of the protagonist, heightening the tragic nature of the play.

  2. Our identity in a community is determined by ones own internal emotional view of ...

    Whenever I sank into them I felt free? The use of first person, emotive language of ?liked? shows that individuals gain a sense of connection and imagination through literature, art and imagination. Winton uses listing as well as diction, with the use of such words like respite and privacy imply

  1. "The Wave" book review

    He creates a group called ?The Wave? and the motto of this group is ?STRENGTH THROUGH DISCIPLINE, STRENGTH THROUGH COMMUNITY and STRENGH THROUGH ACTION?. Laurie Saunders one of the students is worried about The Wave and its effect on the other students while her friends are willing to expand this movement that is quickly growing in popularity.

  2. Shakespeares Hamlet, I would like to make a few remarks regarding the existential and ...

    The ghost father is the idealized father and the uncle, Claudius, is the rival father. Oedipus uses the idealized father to battle the rival father. Hamlet wants to replace both of the fathers so that he can conquer his mother, but the fathers are too strong so instead he chooses to identify with them.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work