Analysis of Shirley

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To situate Bronte’s depiction of Catholicism within the framework of Victorian ideology. For women ‘Nobody knows how many rebellions besides political rebellions ferment in the masses of life which people earth. Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex. (Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre, p. 109) My life in this house was sedentary, solitary, constrained, joyless, toilsome the dreadful crushing of the animal spirits, the ever prevailing sense of friendlessness and homelessness consequent on this state of things, began ere long to produce mortal effects on my constitution, – I sickened. The lady of the house told me coolly I was the victim of ‘wounded vanity’. She hinted, that if I did not make an effort to quell my ‘ungodly discontent’, to cease ‘murmuring against God’s appointment’, and to cultivate the profound humility befitting my station, my mind would very likely ‘go to pieces’ on the rock that wrecked most of my sisterhood – morbid self-esteem; and that I should die an inmate of a lunatic asylum.” (Charlotte Brontë, Shirley, p. 376) Caroline’s

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