Men And Women In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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In the Victorian era, men and women based their connections on the formidable society that was there at that time. Qualities that were not wanted by the society were ignored and disregarded as inappropriate, thus making conduct in this era very stern and gender stereotypical. Women at that period had a distinctly strict way of life. The main role of a woman was considered to marry, to take part in their husbands’ life, and to take on their husbands’ interests and business. They were confined to live false lives and have false interests to please the Victorian way of lifestyle. Women were reckoned as faultless and were believed to keep this image and reside very subtle lives, making little change in the workforce and society. Jane in the novel disagrees with many of these gender roles and thinks that she needs to be who she is and not who the society wants her to be.…show more content…
Throughout the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, the protagonist (Jane Eyre) is a woman fighting for her rights in a time where they assumed that she, as a woman and a governess, did not deserve any. Jane disregards society’s projection of an ideal woman to procure admiration as a human. Jane 's notion of equality is not too extreme by today 's society but by the level of the Victorian era she was observed as very liberal which created more prejudice and inequity. Throughout the novel Jane faces multiple challenges generated by the opposition of her opinions and the Victorian era 's notions of womanly conduct. This begins at a young age when Jane is sent to a behavioral school and later on in life when she is expected to be obedient and obey to male figures in her life. Jane is never released from these struggles for most of the story and only discovers acceptance from Mr. Rochester during the later moments of their relations. Jane is a model of someone having an idea that was before her time, her beliefs were not invalid but they did not suit the social norms laid on the society of the
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