A life does not end the moment a person stops breathing. Although the person may be gone, the impact and lessons they leave behind will be carried on by those who loved them. In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, the protagonist Jane meets a young girl named Helen when she attends the Lowood School. Although Helen dies soon after from consumption, her interactions with Jane are enough to spark a lifelong change in the heart of the young girl. Helen teaches Jane a new way to look at religion and exemplifies elegance in the face of hardships. When she dies, it burdens Jane with carrying on Helen’s legacy, but also teaches her valuable lessons about her relationships with other people.
In numerous families, children are expected to live up to the expectations set by their parents and or relatives. Often times, these expectations are portrayed as being achievable because of the fact their relatives had been able to complete the tasks laid before them in the past. Being able to complete and meet these expectations, causes the child to be seen and regarded as honorable by not only their family, but by society. Unsurprisingly, life does not always go as intended. The pressure to appear honorable by one 's family and society can drive the child to lengths they have never been or reached before in order to keep up and not fail. If the child does not fulfil the wishes of their family, they are often known as being dishonorable. The humiliation of knowing to have let down one 's family can make the child do irreversible things and act inappropriately. Jane Eyre, a novel by Charlotte Bronte, demonstrates the hardships of an orphan girl once tormented by her kindred, and how she grew to become an independent and kind wife, mother, and woman. This young maiden by the name of Jane Eyre was raised by the Reed family, which consisted of Sarah Reed, John Reed, Georgiana Reed, and Eliza Reed. Out of the three children of Sarah Reed, John Reed had been the child with the heaviest expectations laid on him. With the expectation to uphold a decent job that would make him well regarded in society and take care of the Reed household, John Reed gave into the pressure. The
An orphan, a governess, and now a fiancée: Jane Eyre is by no means a traditional protagonist for a novel that explores themes of true love, honesty, and coming of age. And yet, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre masterfully captures the life of a young woman in 19th-century England as she attempts to balance her individual desires with what society wants. Her life is irreversibly changed once she becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, the estate of Mr. Rochester. The two fall in love, and are quickly engaged. Soon thereafter, Jane 's affluent fiancé takes her into town to make wedding preparations. Such an excursion entailed shopping: arguably Jane’s least favorite activity, after gnawing off her own arm, as Jane is frugal and has been raised not to accept what she hasn’t earned. In the carriage on the couple’s journey home, Brontë draws many comparisons between Jane and Rochester’s relationship and that of a master and slave. Brontë’s language heavily features riches and themes of bondage. By juxtaposing
Jane Eyre has been both praised and denounced for its portrayal of gender roles. While some critics argue that Charlotte Brontë fails to shatter the misogynistic idealism that trapped women, others contend that she broke traditional gender stereotypes/biases replacing them with feminism. Through the development of Jane as a passionate, rebellious heroine, the creation of a complex power dynamic between Jane and Rochester, and the representation of Jane’s repressed passion through Bertha, Brontë counters sexist prejudice against women ultimately concluding the novel with a strong argument of feminism.
Being immoral is someone who does not pass the standards of proper conduct. Bertha Mason falls in the category as being immoral due to her strange actions. In the viewing of chapter 11, Jane Eyre is in Thornfield Hall and she hears something as she is leaving the third floor with Mrs. Fairfax. Jane states,
In Charlotte Bronte’s “Jane Eyre”, we are presented with a heroine whose autonomy could be argued as vague. Moving from place to place, Jane is thrust into situations that are beyond her control. This essay will aim to argue that Jane expresses her autonomy through her choices. It will be considered how the social pressures affect this autonomy; further, that these pressures do not weaken her autonomy, but actually strengthen it.
One of the biggest character foils in Jane Eyre is between Mr. Edward Rochester and St. John Rivers. From the first time we meet these characters, it is easy to tell the two apart. While one is ruled by a religious forces the other is controlled by emotions. Jane has to make a choice, and decide how she is going to live the rest of her life. At the end of the novel, she makes a choice between what is expected of her, and what she wants. To simply the question, does she choose the Prince, who is saintly, and on a mission to help others, or does she choose the Beast who hold so much passion, that it is hard to contain?
In this passage, Jane is delivering a letter to from Thornfield to Hay for Mrs. Fairfax and is describing her surroundings. She had been working as a governess for Adele and was tired of being staying inside the house all the time. Brontë incorporates both long sentences and imagery to provide vivid descriptions and develop Jane’s environment. The setting Brontë describes provides the reader with a visualization and reflection of what is occurring in the novel. With this detailed depiction, Brontë establishes the setting before latter events such as when Jane meets Rochester for the first time; Brontë also accordingly adjusts the description of the setting and breaks the serene landscape previously painted.
In this conversation, Blanche Ingram and her mother voice their prejudice against the lower class by not even taking Jane Eyre’s position seriously and despising her. They show their hatred when they talk about Jane’s position although they are aware of her presence in the room. The main reason why Blanche Ingram despises Jane is because Jane’s social position is inferior, yet her education is superior to Blanche Ingram. This is why she feels the need to speak in French which is supposed to show her education. Blanche Ingram compares herself to Jane Eyre, and her presence discomforts Blanche. The situation with Emma is similar as she does not like Jane Fairfax and compares herself to the latter as to her qualifications. She is aware of the
Jane Eyre is a book written by Charlotte Bronte. There are so many different theories one can analyze in this book that it would take too much time to analyze each possible theory. Therefore, the theory that I have found to be the most interesting towards me is feminism. So I will analyze feminism in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. Feminism is a prominent as well as being a major controversial topic for writing in the past two centuries at least. In Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre the main character is Jane Eyre. She tries to explore the various depths at which women may act in a society, such as the English society, and finds her own boundaries in Victorian England. The notions of feminism are often being followed by the subjects of class
The novel Jane Eyre provides a theme of finding self-individualism, by going beyond the boundaries of the female reach.
Under the patriarchal social structure, woman had been seen as inferior to men for a long period of time. The awareness of women independence and gender inequality were finally arisen in the Victorian era. Industrialization has bought significant changes to the traditional women’s role. Lower-class women were no longer only bound to domestic sphere but stepped in the public become wage laborers. At the same time, women education became more and more important within the society. Women from upper- and middle-class were exposed to education and so began to extend their activities in terms of social, economic and political fields. Being inspired by these changes,
Famous singer Tupac Shakur once stated that, “Reality is wrong. Dreams are for real.” Shakur may have been talking about successfully reaching your biggest hopes, but this quote reflects a different meaning in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre. As Jane has recurring strange dreams, she does not realize that her dreams foreshadow her future reality. Instead of trusting her symbolic dreams, Jane disregards them and instead focuses on her current life with Rochester, as everything seems in place for their upcoming marriage. Jane’s dreams provide insight into Rochester’s puzzling behavior, foreshadowing her despair and choices she must make when Rochester’s secrets are revealed.
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.
During the Victorian Era, society set ideals for women that were vastly contemplated and thus, highly definitive. External beauty contributed to the character and personality traits by which females were regarded. Unquestionably, it was individuals’ desire for acceptance that brought these aspects to such significance. Furthermore, the standards set on females were severe and determining to their future. The motif of beauty in Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre emphasizes the attributes of most importance to society, which consequently lead to the negligence of an individual’s identity.
Jane Eyre is a book about mind over heart, a lot of the time. But this is not the case with all characters, namely, Mr. Edward Rochester of Thornfield, he is a very flawed character. One of these flaws is that Mr. Rochester is something of a habitual liar or a secretive person. Not with little things, but big plot points in this can be contributed to Rochester lying about his life to, the unfortunate recipient Jane. Mr. Rochester’s motives for lying are usually for his own personal gain. He lies to Jane twice in this story (that are important to the overall plot/storyline). Once is when he wants to make her jealous by saying he’ll marry Blanche Ingram, and then the second time is about having a wife when he’s planning to marry Jane, Bertha
“I am glad you are no relation of mine. I will never call you aunt again as long as I live.” Jane Eyre is a strong woman that goes through a great deal of grief and change throughout the course of her life. Throughout the entirety of Jane Eyre, Jane seeks herself and tries again and again to obtain what she wants in life. She works hard towards her goals and eventually grows into someone that is confident and someone she is proud of. Jane Eyre obtains her goals at the end of the novel by using her faith in God, nature, and herself to overcome her obstacles; this faith and strength also keeps her family and the judging, oppressing nature of man from stopping her from obtaining what she wants in life.
Victorian England continuously repressed women solely because of their gender. Charlotte Bronte criticizes the absurdity of these societal obstacles: hostility towards women from birth, the androcentric servitude, and the discardment of independence through marriages. In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte uses Jane’s journey to depict the oppression of Victorian women.
In Victorian England, women were not thought of as full human beings, instead they were treated as lesser with no real rights or privileges. A book that demonstrates an opposing view of this stereotype is Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte in 1847. This book challenges the societal norms towards women during the Victorian era by taking the reader through the life of Jane Eyre, an orphaned girl who is left with her aunt and eventually sent to boarding school where she ultimately becomes a governess and independent woman. Throughout the novel, she refuses to fall into the stereotypical gender roles for women at the time and represents an early form of feminism.
On the level of characters, Lacan’s theory about feminine sexuality and the symbolic order has been deployed demonstrating that the phallus maintains a firm hold over Jane Eyre but lapses into a state of subversion in Rebecca due to Jane’s relinquishing of her subjectivity and sexuality whereas the narrator keeps them . Female sexuality embodied in Bertha Mason is depicted as deviant and cast out of the symbolic order since Bertha is deprived of speech. Building on Lacan’s psychosexual model, Bertha has been analyzed as the mirror image of Jane. Indeed, in Jane’s encounters with Bertha the mirror has been a crucial factor especially in the night before Jane’s wedding. In addition, it is in the imaginary stage that this subject is handed