Feminist Idealogies In Jane Eyre

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During the 1800’s literature was increasing in popularity in Victorian England. There was however still many reservations upheld with women writers, presumably on account of societies opinion of the role of women during this time period. In 1847, a revolutionary woman and talented realist writer: Charlotte Bronte, penned the Victorian classic, Jane Eye. It centered on a poor, plain female Bildungsroman, named Jane, growing up in the patriarchy of the nineteenth century English Society. Jane goes against many traditional female archetypes by developing great psychological, intellectual and moral behaviour that is not typical of a woman growing up during these times. Charlotte Bronte exhibits her understanding of the situations and hardships that everyday women as well as Jane, had to face living in the Victorian oppressive society. In the introductory setting of the novel, Jane Eyre resides in Gateshead; an estate now owned by her aunt and inhabited by Jane, and her spoiled cousins. It becomes clear within the first few pages of the book that she is residing in an incredibly hostile environment. Jane goes into great detail to describe her unfulfilled and discriminated life living with her relatives, and one altercation of many, is highlighted to great significance in the story. She and her male cousin John get into a fight and he throws a book at her: “…it hit me, and I fell, striking my head against the door and cutting it. The cut bled and the pain was sharp: my terror had passed its climax”(Bronte 13). The significance of this physical abuse directed at the main protagonist of the novel is how the matter was dealt with. John receives no punishment, while Jane is scolded for having somehow raised the anger out of the male character, and is exiled into an unused room in the house. This blatant disregard for fairness and justice exhibited by her Aunt, not only
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