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.
During the Victorian era, the ideal woman’s life revolved around the domestic sphere of her family and the home. Middle class women were brought up to “be pure and innocent, tender and sexually undemanding, submissive and obedient” to fit the glorified “Angel in the House”, the Madonna-image of the time (Lundén et al, 147). Normally, girls were educated to be on display as ornaments. Women were not expected to express opinions of their own outside a very limited range of subjects, and certainly not be on a quest for own identity and aim to become independent such as the protagonist in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre was independent passionate woman who tried to against men who repressed woman from being educated and getting own human
For example, Jane never liked their teacher Miss Scatcherd because she was always rude to Helen, but Helen always pointed out the good in their teacher, even when Jane saw the bad. Jane got upset with Helen for always being so collected, but when she saw that Helen was still calm, even after her outburst, she learned to also be more serene. Even though Helen wasn’t a big part in the book, she had a big impact on Jane and the woman she became. Helen dying also helped Jane become a more independent person. Mrs.Reed was always cold and bitter towards Jane and
Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre provided Victorian England with a new kind of woman who represented a shift in the common view of what Mary Wollstonecraft asserted was a limited education for women. Their education kept them childlike and superficial, with most of their attention going toward appearance and with being satisfied mostly with matters of the home. The social pressures prevented women from becoming more interesting through reason and substance which were confined to the masculine sphere. Jane Eyre and Blanche Ingram, with their distinct backgrounds and because of different events both ladies have gone through, separately, can determine how different these two ladies are. Jane Eyre’s social class throughout her life was very ambiguous, never really fitting into one category, often in between levels of the social spectrum.
Mrs. Strangeworth made unethical decisions that lead to hurt feelings among the people in her town. Mrs. Strangeworth wrote notes about everyone but she would never sign the notes. She would write letters which contained hurtful observations, which she called “truths”, about the recipients. The letters were always targeted at one single person. Such as Don Crane, or the teenage boy whom she suspected of having sexual relations with his girlfriend.
Spencer’s Faerie Queen conceptualizes the origin of love and justice and the way they have become the conventional expressions of human desire. My argument is centered on an androgynous image of Britomart, the female protagonist in Book 3. Androgynous characters show the harmony of subsumed sexual contraries, in this case Britomart is visible having a combination of both masculinity and femininity. Britomart undergoes a transformation from feminine to masculine the moment she sees the image in the mirror. The disguise of a Knight which she adopts makes her shed all the familiar contours and in that disguise she is able to find her true self.
Such concepts have been simply presented as a journey of seeking financial independence in Bronte’s Jane Eyre. The previous chapter has presents along the course of three sections a comparison between the novels Jane Eyre and Rebecca based on one of the elements of the female Gothic and deploying one of the approaches delineated in the second chapter. The analysis of the female Gothic setting has utilized the concept of the uncanny double mechanism starting with Freud’s definition of the uncanny effect. The research has built on the conventional portrayal of the Gothic setting which applies to Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Each of the novel’s settings acted as a double for the masculine figures inside.
This type of injury could be avoided if her mother would have just made her the food or at least supervised. Another instance of parental neglect in the memoir The Glass Castle is when Rose Mary pretended to be sick and it was up to the children to get their siblings ready for school. She blatantly refuses to cater to her own children’s basic needs. Lastly, Rex, the Walls’ father, brings a woman that is not his wife into the room and it is implied that he engages with intercourse with this woman. The issue with this is that his son, Brian, is right outside the room reading comics.
Even though Charlotte was not the most beautiful woman, she found abundant success in her talents. The Victorian era placed a woman’s value in how much money and beauty she possessed. In Charlotte Bronte’s coming of age novel, Jane Eyre, outward beauty deceives as it ironically represents a true evil in oneself. The beautiful Reed family, who resides at Gateshead, has cruel hearts as they boast about their luxuries as they deny them to their “outsider” blood. Even though Mrs. Reed promised her deceased husband that she would care for Jane as if she was one of her own children, Mrs. Reed encourages everyone in the house to never hesitate to tell Jane that she is a