Anne Bradstreet (1612 – 1672) has been a long-lasting leading figure in the American literature who embodied a myriad of identities; she was a Puritan, poet, feminist, woman, wife, and mother. Bradstreet’s poetry was a presence of an erudite voice that animadverted the patriarchal constraints on women in the seventeenth century. In a society where women were deprived of their voices, Bradstreet tried to search for their identities. When the new settlers came to America, they struggled considerably in defining their identities. However, the women’s struggles were twice than of these new settlers; because they wanted to ascertain their identities in a new environment, and in a masculine society.
Jane Eyre is the big step towards the critical realism that depicts the society from all its sides. Generally, the text focuses on the life story of an orphaned child Jane Eyre whose name bears the title of the novel. (Šabík, 2001) Throughout the whole novel, we meet with a cold-hearted treatment in Gateshead, hypocrisy, and falseness of the adults and those who are considered to be the benefactors, with the injustice and poor conditions of the Lowood School. Moreover, we hear about Jane’s stay in Thornfield Hall where she discovers love, but also disillusion. The author penetrates into the interior of the young woman and depicts what occurs when she meets a middle-aged man, and how their bond develops regardless the social and age differences.
In this coming of age novel, discover how a young woman courageously faced her fears and triumphed with love in the end. Unraveling the acclaimed novel definitely showcased how in the end “Love conquers all”. Truly, Jane Eyre will forever remain as a masterpiece of art due to its dynamic characters, insightful themes and exquisitely crafted sense of style and writing. Vibrant characters such as Jane Eyre, Mr. Rochester and Mr. Brocklehurst definitely contributed to the relatability of the novel to its readers. Furthermore, it’s as if these characters were able to come to life due to the fact that they continue to embody certain individuals in our society today.
Dalloway’s London states that Clarissa is constantly battling with her individual identity as well as that which the society has provided her with due to her marital relationship. Mrs. Dalloway, even when has a daughter, considers herself essentially virginal. She is given a marginalized figure in her attic which has its parallel with Bertha Mason in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. She lacks warmth in her relation with her husband. Further, there are two types of differentiation that broadly takes place within the text; one being that of social class and another of gender.
Although contemporary society distinguishes feminism and the freedom to express one's identity as more modern topics, a nineteenth-century author by the name of Kate Chopin addresses similar ideas through the main character, Edna Pontellier, in her novel, The Awakening. Throughout the plot, Edna experiences a progressive “awakening” in which she develops an enlightened knowledge regarding her own desires and interests, even though the conventions of the Victorian society of that era clearly oppose her behavior. From Grand Isle to New Orleans, Edna meets and befriends several people that all contribute to her journey of awakening, but, in the very end, it seems as though she has never been more isolated. In a final attempt to escape the confines
Female sexuality and its representation has been the primary concern of this research while applying each of the approaches to proves that du Maurier’s work builds on Jane Eyre but the portrayal it grants to feminine sexuality and identity renders her work a narrative of modernity on its own. Several critics have analyzed the intertexuality between the two novels. However, this study builds what has been said before to dwell on the not yet exhausted topic of feminine sexuality. Nungesser is one of the critics who have presented a comparison between the novels to conclude that both works bring an air of freshness and novelty to the traditional female Gothic plot, the novel of development and the fairy-tale narratives. Nonetheless, Nungesser overlooks to precise subject of female sexuality which happens to be submerged in Jane Eyre’s concern with presenting a financial independent heroine whom in spite of what she suffered prefers to spend the rest of her days as a mere angel of the house.
There exists a very real relationship between the Female Gothic novel of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth-century and the social context of women at that time. This new class of fiction is essentially treated by women as it addresses women’s experiences offered an opportunity to address “the hidden, unspeakable reality of women’s lives: not just their lives in the private inner world of the psyche, but also their social and economic lives in a real world of patriarchal institutions” (DeLamotte 165). Notwithstanding the success of male Gothicists, Gothic fiction is perceived as a female-dominated genre as Leonard Wolf writes: Despite the triumphs of Lewis and Maturin, the Gothic novel was something of a cottage industry of middle-class
Rebecca West once said, “I myself have never been able to find out precisely what feminism is: I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat”; feminism and other social issues are fundamental to literature, with them commonly being a driving force behind both modern and classic works of fiction. Feminism is everywhere, with women still fighting for gender equality in modern day Britain as demonstrated through Emma Watson’s United Nations speech which was broadcasted in September of 2014 where she differentiates feminism from ‘man-hating’. Feminism has developed considerably over time as general attitudes have been swayed through literature, political movements and women’s portrayal of themselves. In 1847, Charlotte Bronte released her novel ‘Jane Eyre’ which was viewed as very radical for its time as Bronte uses Jane to exhibit her resentment towards society. Jane is presented as a morally strong, determined character who, when she falls in love, embraces the notion instead of the label and profits which are associated with it; she states that she “cares for [her]self” and that “more unsustained [she is], the more [she] will respect [her]self” as she is not tempted away from her self-respect.
At her lowest, most despondent point in her adolescent life, the protagonist was very brash, yelling hurtful words at her mother to spite her. Jing-mei states, “‘Then I wish I’d never been born!’ I shouted ‘I wish I were dead! Like them’” (Tan 231). This quote explains a momentous part of the story, giving background information about Jing-mei’s mother while also showing the horrific fight that the story was leading up to. After the fight, many years of silence and resentment followed, stemming from both Jing-mei and her mother, until one day her mother offered Jing-mei the piano, resembling forgiveness and acknowledging that they have put their history in the past.
Jane Eyre is a gothic romantic novel written by Charlotte Bronte in England in the early 1800’s during the Victorian period. Jane Eyre is about the life of an orphan and who matures from her rebellious young age to an established young woman through surprising conflicts and unbelievable experiences. The novel is considered one of the first novels to make an important statement about the equality of the sexes. In early ages of England, gender roles deeply influenced people 's behavior and identities. Women showed condescending attitudes about a woman 's place, intelligence, and voice.