Conpression Of Women In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre
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Victorian England continuously repressed women solely because of their gender. Charlotte Bronte criticizes the absurdity of these societal obstacles: hostility towards women from birth, the androcentric servitude, and the discardment of independence through marriages. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte uses Jane’s journey to depict the oppression of Victorian women.
Charlotte Bronte describes a turbulent beginning in Jane’s life to demonstrate the disadvantage of women, especially low-class, from birth. At the beginning of the novel, ten-year-old Jane consistently deals with the habitual emotional and physical abuse of her cousin John Reed. Jane describes becoming “accustomed to John Reed’s abuse” (Bronte ADD PAGE NUMBER) when John “strike[s]…show more content… In addition, John treats Jane as an inferior and claims the superiority through his class, age, and gender. Ultimately, this abuse causes a negative self-image of Jane that continues throughout her life which demonstrates the individual effects of subjugation of women. Additionally, the repressed Jane demonstrates the mental and physical toll of constant abuse when she spends the night in the red-room. Jane describes her distress and realization of a jail-like existence. She recognizes “[that she] was oppressed, suffocated: endurance broke down; [she] rushed to the door and shook the lock in desperate effort” (ADD PAGE NUMBER). Jane understands her oppression and hopelessly wants to gain control of her situation. Since the red-room symbolizes Jane’s passion, Jane manages to have an epiphany of how to escape the torment of her aunt and cousins. While recovering from the terror of her locked cell, Jane realizes that schooling would provide a valid reason to leave Gateshead. However, in order to reach this goal, Jane needs to convince Mrs. Reed and Mr. Brocklehurst of the advantage of sending her to school. This event demonstrates Jane’s economic class and gender inferiority