Charlotte Bronte's Treatment Of Women In Jane Eyre

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‘British literature through the first half of the nineteenth century was written in the shadow of the French Revolution, with its promise of liberation and its “Reign of Terror.” The Romantic poets championed the rebel - even if it happened to be Satan - in several their works’ (topics). Charlotte Brontë was a writer her entire life and published her first novel, Jane Eyre, in 1847. Even though there was controversial criticism of society's treatment of impoverished women, the book was a success and she continued to follow it with Shirley in 1848. Jane Eyre is an emotional, angry and rebellious child and is surrounded by demanding obedient women. She loves to rebel against Mrs. Reed, St. John Rivers, and even Mr. Rochester, who she ends up marring in the end. Her rebel streak she has is targeted at "inequalities of society” and reacts strongly when she is disgraced due to her class and/or gender. In the novel, Charlotte Bronte wanted her audience to be on the side of her rebellious and defiant child as she stands up to the adult tyranny in her life. Bronte was one of the first who set out to write about what it feels like to be a child as it is recounted by the heroine herself. In the beginning of the book we learn that Jane is set apart from her cousins by her aunt, who is…show more content…
Jane did everything for herself when she was growing up and wasn’t dependent on anyone. When she left the care of Mrs. Reed and started to oversee herself she became very independent, and once she is comfortable with herself and her status that she worked hard for, she settles down. Mr. Rochester does not lavish Jane with expensive clothes and jewelry, per her request because she has no taste for those things because she didn’t grow up with it. She is smart and very opinionated, and she refuses to be silenced by men who feel they have more power over her simply because they are
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