Analyze and discuss Jane Eyre’s character, illustrating how she is an extremely revolutionary (pre-feminist) woman for her time.
Write a 5 paragraph analytical essay that is according to MLA style.
The word “feminism” first appeared in the 19th century France, at the beginning of the 20th century in Europe and other areas widely… In writing Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte mainly resorts to the realistic history background for women during the period…
1. Independence/ self worth: Jane became the representative or the spokeswoman of independence and of those who struggle for freedom and equality.
At Reed’s: Jane Eyre is an orphan, and is ill-treated as a little girl by the Reed’s. She strives for her life, which makes her tough character and strong self-respect. Her living environment and growing experiences make her independence.
Evidence : 1) Rebels and fights back to Mrs. Reed after she calls Jane a Liar in front of Mr. B.
2. Against tradition (religion) and dare to innovate and rebel for the pursuit of equality.
Jane stood up against the ideological oppression from religion. In Lowood, a so-called “charity” boarding-school, the hypocritical clergy men preached to the girls that their sufferings were determined by God, so they had to endure patiently. Jane could not accept the sermons of “patience” and “loving your enemy.” (need to find evidence) While Rochester pretends to marry some nobleman Miss to probe her specially, she says angrily, “Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? … and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are!” Her view such as defending independent personality of woman, advocating that marriage is independent and flat yearning for that of men and women runs after is not badly considered as that she yearns for go after equally to entire human society liberty.
3. At Rochesters’
Under the pressure that the Victoria era had brought to her life, Bronte was despaired to break through the traditional patriarchal society; on the other hand, she was also afraid the appearance of the radical feminists, which was showed at the end of the novel that Jane Eyre finds out a great misfortune befalls Mr. Rochester: he loses his sight during a fire in the house; hearing Mr. Rochester is penniless and disable, Jane Eyre hurries to him and eventually becomes his wife. “”(Brontë, ) Bronte tried to balance the conflicting aspects of Jane’s feministic spirit so as to find harmony between the restrictions of tradition and the self-fulfillment needs of women during the era.
Jane feels herself free and independent in the world of knowledge, As a girl being raised in others’ house, Jane is as said by servant Abbot as “less than a servant,” (Bronte, 7)
As an orphan, Jane Eyre is ill-treated as a little girl by the Reed’s. Nevertheless, Jane Eyre finds her boundless confidence and tough spirit, and a kind of inner power cannot be defeated. She strives for her life, which makes her tough character and strong self-respect. On the contrary, she thinks they are fair. Everybody should respect each other. In fact, her uprightness, loftiness and sincerity, shakes Rochester and makes him think she is a very woman who can talk fairly in spirit. The heroine is moved by his whole-hearted. They fall in love deeply. At the time of marrying, she finds the fact that Rochester has had a wife. She tells herself she must leave. She says to Rochester like this:
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