In this manner we see why Jane Eyre caused such controversy upon publication. It is basically Bronte's criticism of Victorian society with respect to its oppression and perspective of women. Bronte understood to adopt such limitations was certain death, at best an unendurable hell for a woman of intelligence and passion. As such, her heroine must endure hell to discover the route to personal fulfillment and freedom. As she does so, she sets a new definition of what women are capable.
It is important in this incident that Jane has a cause for this behaviour, which is why John Reed is an essential device in the early chapters, because, particularly for readers in the Victorian age, this behaviour would be abhorrent and unforgivable, which could lead to the reader losing compassion for Jane. This passionate behaviour, perhaps hinted at with the use of the colour red in the ‘red room’, is certainly unorthodox for a Victorian girl. It is obvious that this encounter is a crucial point in Jane’s life, ... ... middle of paper ... ...t being beautiful. I think that Jane Eyre is an unconventional woman because she has attitudes to marriage, status and the role of women in society, which are alien to her time. This is because her creator Brontë uses Jane as a vehicle to bring her own beliefs to the attention of her contemporaries and, hopefully, instigate change.
None of the presently discussed characters fulfill the ideals of a Victorian woman, as they reveal undesirable traits such as being dominant and cold-hearted. Therefore, they are condemned as committing a moral crime by not conforming to Victorian values, and are consequently dehumanized and depicted in a reproachful way. Thus, it is conveyed that women who challenge the Victorian norm are immoral and unfeminine, a crime which seemingly can be reversed by punishment. Works Cited Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations.
Female Rebellion In Aurora Leigh and The Lady in the Looking-Glass Women of both the ages of Victorian and early Modernism were restricted from education at universities or the financial independence of professionalism. In both ages, women writers often rebelled against perceived female expectations as a result of their oppression. To lead a solitary life as a subservient wife and mother was not satisfactory for writers like Elizabeth Barrett Browning and Virginia Woolf. One of the most popular female poets of the Victorian era, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, illustrated "a woman's struggle to achieve artistic and economical independence in modern society" (Longman P.1858). Many Victorian critics were shocked by Barrett Browning's female rebellion, which was rare for the era.
This c... ... middle of paper ... ...n more so to Jacobean audiences. Historical Context Lady Macbeth was able to fascinate me by depicting female subordination in a patriarchal society. To me she was an advocate for provoking authority for her gender but succeeded through immoral means. Being able to intimately understand her feelings and ambitions from the play, she made me realise that women at the time, could be as ambitious and cruel as men, yet social constraints deny them the means to pursue these ambitions on their own because of their gender. Lady Macbeth’s complexity and atypical characteristics directly challenged the normality of Jacobean society and engaged and fascinated audiences with great effect.
In the novel, Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, it is insinuated that Bronte believes women's position in Victorian societies are greedy, egotistical, blunt, uninteresting people and believes women are likely to become deranged and greatly dependent on men after some time of marrying. Jane diverges from these characteristics based on her kindness and intelligence; and, not only is she different by personality but her appearance places Jane on a different end of the social classes spectrum. Therefore, Bronte believes that inner beauty matters more than outer beauty because horrible consequences will occur if outer beauty is the only thing that is noticed. Works Cited Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre.
The uniqueness of Jane's personal and artistic identity is confronted by the containment of feminism and stature. The tension between Jane and those who are under Victorian beliefs, such as Mr.Brocklehurst, and Mrs.Reed is created directly by their indifference's towards women and the poor. The feminisitic views that are abundant in Jane's life creates tension to the point where "she has trouble settling into society, not just because of her over-jealous passions, but also because of her gender. (Jackson 1)" Early in her life Jane encounters feminism not only on herself but many others. At Gateshead Jane is unaware of the purpose of Lowood School and "indeed would like to go to school"(Bronte 30) despite not knowing its reputation.
This article was hard to read. Rasmussen was a bit roundabout at getting to her point, and once I finally figured out what she was saying, I didn't really care. I personally think that Rasmussen is a sexist woman with an over-rated opinion! She attacks both Bell and James and unjustly signifies that because the writings are from a male perspective, they are themselves sexist and phallocentric. She also implies that the feminist perspective, which she uses as no more than a title under which she can vent her own sexist attitude, is of crucial importance in reading James's Washington Square and Bell's perspectives.
Later with the beginning of the 19th century, women considered their intellectual inferiority is created by the lack of education and they kept on accusing the men and society of keeping them in ignorance so as to dominate them better. In an article by Sophia Nadejde, she implies the fact that education given to women was never dictated by logic but by fashion and condemned the belief that the most important thing for a girl was just to make herself beautiful and attractive. So as to archive this it’s important for the lady to know how to sing, dance and stammer. (Nadejde,
Catharine Sedgwick had used her characters to realistically change women should be judged and pointed out all the flaws of strict Puritan thoughts about women. Harriet Jacobs defied expectations with her slave narrative that targeted the inequality not only of different races, but also the mistreatment of women. For every step towards female equality taken by sentimental romanticism, Dark Romanticism caused women 's rights to take two steps back. Through diminishing the role of women in their stories and perpetuating harmful gender stereotypes, the Dark Romantics neglected to reflect the equality they claimed to believe in. Given the success of the male Dark Romantic writers, open support of true equality being displayed in their work could have had huge impacts on the burgeoning racial and gender equality