In this essay, two of her novels will be discussed, Jane Eyre, published in 1847 and Villette, published in 1853. In both of these novels, Brontë demonstrates that she was way ahead of her time regarding feminism and gender equality. Jane Eyre tells the story of a young woman in Victorian England who becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, in the north of England. There she falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage. As equality and independence are crucial for Jane, she is not prepared to become his mistress and leaves Thornfield.
Throughout the novel, Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte characterizes Jane Eyre as a compassionate young woman. Jane takes the best of her childhood memories into a motive to find success of herself as a young woman. The values that society imposes become inadequate in Jane’s life, therefore she goes against what is expected and fulfills her own desires. All throughout the novel Jane must break through the restrictive limits held against by society, ultimately to discover herself and the freedom to think and feel. Standing at a low position in society, Jane relies on power of individual spirit to pursue happiness and success in every aspect of her life.
After constantly battling with the world, she is finally set free to “be a woman in it” (Hawthorne 229). Without Pearl, the backbone of this novel would be lost, she is arguably one of the most relevant characters and gives great diction to the storyline. Pearl may be a fall from gracefulness, but her dynamic change throughout the story allows her to earn redemption for her actions as an immature
In the stories, no matter what variation you read, there’s the snobby sister, a cruel stepmother, and the poor, helpless, girl who gets to marry the prince of her dreams. I’m not the bossy and mean sister the stories portrayed me as. You are going to see my side of the story. My story. The name’s Sapphire, by the way.
To compare, Faulkner shares a slice of evidence as to why Emily has an uncontrollable obsession for the dead, “After her father 's death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw her at all.” (Faulkner) Given these points, her father becomes arrogant and isolates her from society, or anyone who is willing to take Miss Emily from him. When her father, the only man in the world who has loved her,
Mrs. Coulter was very strong and full of powerful. Her powers came from her feminine wiles and tricks. She was insincere, shows the love and kindly emotion to Lyra, but from inside she had another feelings and plans towards her daughter. In the first of the novel she acts as the guardian for Lyra, but finally Lyra knows that Mrs. Coulter actually her mother. When Mrs. Coulter meets Lyra, she represents a sort of womanhood that Lyra finds attractive and charming.
The entire St. John plotline is truncated, a choice which I consider not very inspired since it constitutes a major part in Jane’s development and growth to the woman she aspires to be. The action taking place at Marsh End is shifted to Gateshead, St. John only has one sister (Mary), and Jane has met them before when she came to visit her dying aunt, Mrs. Reed. The job Jane gets at Morton as a school teacher is not mentioned and neither is the fact that her newly found companions are her cousins. She donates part of her inheritance to Lowood School, instead of dividing it between herself, St. John, Mary and Diana. The fact that in the film St. John and Mary are not her relatives has a strong repercussion on how we interpret the sequences.
Women were seen as property to whoever the male head of their family was. All of the women were inclined to do their duties weather as a mother, daughter, or wife. Shelley did a great job at conveying these gender roles throughout Frankenstein. Wether talking about Caroline Beaufort or Elizabeth Lavenza the readers can clearly see that women were expected to be mild mannered, maternal, and a pleasure to be around, as well as do what their husbands expected of them. Shelley took each and every single women mentioned throughout this text to express that these women were what made the novel stand.
Rosamond is the daughter of a factory owner who is “very charming” and has “radiant vivacity” (Bronte 704-705). She proves to be the only exception to Bronte’s stereotype of the inverse relationship of beauty and personality. Rosamond is the unattainable goal that every Victorian woman strives for; beautiful inside and out. This goal described by Bronte is one that the women in the novel strive for, but will never accomplish. St. John, Jane’s cousin, feels a strong passion for Jane and tortures himself for feeling that way.
In Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen, Catherine experiences many influential moments that transition her from being a girl to a woman by learning to face reality instead of remaining caught up in the fantasy worlds that she reads about. At the beginning of the book, Catherine lists several fragments of readings that she has incorporated into her own life, one being “From Pope, she learnt to censure those who ‘bear about the mockery of woe’” (17). The strand of selected quotes from various poems and stories highlights how Catherine uses fictional stories to shape her own life. Because her life is uneventful, she lives vicariously through books lets her imagination run free with the stories in them. She creates her own reality with these works of fiction, which puts a barrier between her and actual reality.