Feminism jane eyre
Jane Eyre is a novel that paints a picture of a female protagonist who defines the cultural limitations and established expectations of women in the 1800’s. Jane Eyre is a good example of feminism. Jane is always forced to accomplish the desires and wishes of others instead of her own; yet her moral standards and her beliefs make her quit from their wills. In the book, Jane Eyre is an important feminist character who represents women in her time. Born into poverty and lacking nobility, Jane should have displayed an acceptance of her social position and not aspired for more and pursued and education and a career. She dared to love a man of a higher class position than herself. She proved that even the greatest challenges of fighting her own desires could be accomplished. In order to prove this thesis main components need to be expressed. They are as follows: Contemporary Feminism, Psychology, and Social criticism.
To begin this paper the first thing that I’m going to covered is the life of women before the publication of Jane Eyre. A few hundred years ago, the barriers of the Victorian class system rigidly define the role of women. Women were put into class position. ‟Before the publication of Jane Eyre, women were simple and genuine, under the expectations of society, the wife and mother from whom all morality sprang”(Moss, Joyce, and Wilson 181-187).As a result of this class positions, women were expected to adhere to these standards alone, and it was considered a high offense to adopt to the standards of another. Some of these standards were applied in Charlotte Bronte’s book, Jane Eyre, in order to demonstrate how she reflects women in the Victorian era.
Since the late Victorian era, many women aspired to be what society deemed the “the ideal women”. The ideal woman of the late 19th century was a wife and homemaker, seen as pure by those around her. Unfortunately, life for
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women of the Victorian era was often met with difference as many did not have the mean to live up to this social “norm.” Jane Eyre, as I said in the beginning represents women of this time but her childhood is a little bit different because she grew up in a institute and it was because her aunt sent her there. “For the most part, girls received their primary education at home, usually from theirs mothers. Victorian mothers instructed their young pupils not only in the traditional subjects but in the skills of housewifery as well”(Moss, Joyce and Wilson 181-187). It is obvious that Jane Eyre didn’t learned her morals and beliefs from her mother because she is an orphan lady, and as I said before she was sent to an institution by her aunt and that is where she learned her morals standards. Jane Eyre was forced to learned morals standards, she learned her morals from Helen Burns at Lowood.
Besides, we all have heard and watched movies about how women received their learning from instructors. For example, “another form of education during Victorian era was provided by female instructors that lived and thought within a family’s home”(Moss, Joyce and Wilson). This means the girls that don’t go to school received their classes by female in instructors in their houses. We still are seeing this kind of concepts of today’s date and it’s good for some people that have problems like incapacity.
Victorian era was the time where women of the upper working class found jobs as bookkeepers, teacher, or even more, in shops. Women, who had fallen into poverty through the death of a father or some tragedy, became governesses relaying their own high class, tutoring to the upper class children. As we know that “since the variety of suitable jobs available to women was limited, a position as a governess provided a working women with a unique opportunity to maintain a fairly respectable lifestyle”(Moss, Joyce and Wilson 181-187). Jane Eyre was
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born into poverty and also she worked as a governess in Mr. Rochester mansion. Is incredible how Jane Eyre reflects every aspect of women in the Victorian era time.
Furthermore, another popular employment for lower class women was domestic service. Even the lowliest class family had at least one or two servants, and several had many more than that. The life of a domestic servant was very lonely, while factory workers were allowed to socialize. Due to this “women practice their virtues in the domestic sphere where providence has placed them as a ‘humble mistress’ to help their husbands, fathers, brothers and sons to become happier and better men”(Literature Resource Center 29). Mr. Rochester has many as much servant in his mansion. At first when Jane Eyre arrived to his house he treated her as another servant, but through time Jane becomes something more than a servant and governess, a special women in his life after Bertha Mason. In the other hand Jane was forced to accomplished his wishes or desires as if she were a servant and she didn’t like that because she was in his mansion just to teach the little French girl that lived with him.
So, since the publication of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte made an impact in women reasoning. Jane Eyre was a piece of composition that is “still widely read by women in the twenty-first century, Jane Eyre has a now gone global as a postcolonial feminist challenge, Bronte’s apparent blindness to the ways her novels seem to sanction racism and aspects of western imperialism deemed oppressive for women”(Griesnger). The publication of this book changed the role of women in the Victorian era and even now this time. Now days women can
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work anywhere in every position. It is clearly that women keep reflecting their feminism in their morals and standards beliefs.
Since the knowing of mental illness worked and changed the way a person behaved was limited, to understand where the problem was taking place in the brain, doctors of those time follow their own beliefs and put into practice some of their theories on their patients. Some of the mental insanity seems to have been the most diagnosed mental illness in the mid 1880’s. “Before the mid-eighteen, common beliefs were that those who suffered from mental illness, suffered because they had a disease of the soul”(Goldberg 24). Because of evidence that point that mental illness occurred when a person suffered and because they suffered because a “disease of the soul” demonstrate to us that women were not the only ones affected. In the book of Jane Eyre Bertha Mason Mr. Rochester’s first wife suffered from mental illness but it was because in her family ran this violent insanity.
Indeed, Bertha Mason a once beautiful creole woman who is ravaged by mental illness and is hidden away, locked up in a lonely room at Thornfield. During the Victorian era women were seen as more susceptible to mental illness because of the idea that they were fragile. Doctors of that time state “that maintenance of female sanity was seen as the preservation of brain stability in the face of overwhelming physical odds”(Ussher 74). In others words, when women were susceptible you can noticed it just by their appearance.