This paper will examine how women lived in the 19th century compared to today’s women, in particular focusing on the English novel Jane Eyre. For many years, women have been considered inferior to men and, as a consequence, they have been subservient to men and to their own families. In the 19th century, for instance, they had to be obedient, sympathetic, powerless, they could not go out when they wanted or dressed as they liked, but they were supposed to stay at home and dedicated themselves to the domestic cleaning and to the education of children. In the history of the United Kingdom, an important period that contributed to the subsequent independence of women was the Victorian Age. During this era, we can identify three types of women: - Upper class women; they were educated and they had the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious life.
The late Victorian era was an oppressing time for women as they had much fewer rights than men. Their upbringing, way of dress and expectation to be submissive and domestic made their options limited for being able to make more of themselves than a housewife. Because of the Arts and Crafts movement, women who would spend their lives as shopkeepers or scullery maids were able to become artists, poets and creators. Examples of this include women within the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood such as Elizabeth “Lizzie” Siddal and Jane Morris who paved the way for other female artists to succeed after them. In addition to this point, much of this could not have been done without the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood who, despite their title, were very supportive and inclusive to female artists.
However, the lower class women were treated like working tools with almost no respect and gratitude. Life of a high or middle class in the Victorian Era, women can be described as a possession or a treasure of the family. Mainly women was treated for love interest and they were transparency. Respected women could not be cast-off for delightful sex and physical exertion. Foremost, livelihood for women during that time was to get wedded and take care of household tasks in the
The Victorian Age was from 1830-1901. Society was still defining who women were. People also questioned if women were inferior to men. At this time, women were valued for beauty. Other aspects of the woman (like their jobs or social standing) were ignored.
Women today pursue a variety of different career paths which include jobs which were previously only fulfilled by men; these include jobs such as being a doctor, lawyer or politician for example. Women’s employment in medieval times Generally speaking, few women worked in medieval times although some did venture into the realms of writing, nursing, baking, spinning and weaving; many also worked alongside their husbands in the fields, although they did not gain any recognition for this work. Women received much less pay than men and often had to have several jobs to earn the same wage. The principal role of women in medieval times was to care for their children and husband and look after the home; their chores often included doing housework, cooking and looking after their children. The role of a wife was very important and women were expected to tend to their husband’s needs at all times; the man, in turn, usually went out to work in order to earn the money needed to support the family.
The Victorian Era The Victorian Era isn’t a topic that is normally talked about in a mall, or in a restaurant at dinner. However, this paper will hopefully bring to light the many interesting facts discovered about the 18th and 19th century, such as the types of servants there used to be, the different social classes, and their health and the medicine they used to get back up to speed. To begin with, what even is the Victorian Era? It was a time period in which Queen Victoria of England proudly reigned, from 1837 to her passing on in 1901. She was the longest reigning monarch in British history and did indeed make quite an impact upon all of Britain and its Empire.
Most women didn’t have jobs unless they were a school teacher or as domestic servant, but once they got married they were expected to no longer work. The only women who worked after marriage were poor families who often sent their children to work at a young age. Other wise women did not work. Being expected to
Moreover, the public figures claim that women have to remain chaste until marriage, but they take part in the scandals that contradict what they are telling. The author highlights the hypocrisy of people living in Victorian times by usage of the irony. Fowles emphasises that the ideology of their era had an influence on the Victorians' decisions and knowledge about themselves. Furthermore, the narrator uses the Victorians' history to make a distinction between present and past. The readers have a possibility to consider how contemporary ideas and beliefs shape their own presumptions about the past.
Society expected women to be married, which affected the possible paths a woman could take in her life. The opportunities and freedoms of married women were different than those of a woman who was single. A single woman could own property and work, as opposed to a married woman whose property belonged to her husband and whose job was to take care of the household (Coursepack, 72). However, the jobs and professions available to women were not exactly desirable and also did not provide enough income to support oneself. An unmarried woman may have the freedom to choose her job, but the available opportunities paid less and were of lower status than the jobs available to men.