Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre embraces many feminist views in opposition to the Victorian feminine ideal. Charlotte Bronte herself was among the first feminist writers of her time, and wrote this book in order to send the message of feminism to a Victorian-Age Society in which women were looked upon as inferior and repressed by the society in which they lived. This novel embodies the ideology of equality between a man and woman in marriage, as well as in society at large. As a feminist writer, Charlotte Bronte created this novel to support and spread the idea of an independent woman who works for herself, thinks for herself, and acts of her own accord. Women of the Victorian era were repressed, and had little if any social stature.
This view pertained to being a good housewife and above all a noble mother. The women of this time period believed that life was sinful to think of their pleasure or emotions above any one else’s. The Victorian Era was the time of the British rule of Queen Victoria, and how during her time pe... ... middle of paper ... ... Works Cited Chopin, Kate. “The Awakening: An Authoritative Text. Biographical and Historical Contexts.” Ed.
Furthermore, Rochester is blind at the novels end and thus dependent upon Jane to be his guide. There is no doubt Jane Eyre is a feminist novel because of Janes independence, her character, the feelings she has on independence and marriage, the symbolism, setting, and overall theme of the book. Janes independence is unusual for victorian times and is one part of her characteristics that makes her a feminist. With Janes view on marriage and being one of the first feminists it makes the novel very feminist. The author Charlotte Bronte consistently made the victorian people believe women could lead an interesting important life with her book "Jane Eyre".
The insecurity of this position, being tossed around with complete disregard for her feelings or preferences, is only one of many grueling characteristics of this occupation. However for Jane to even emerge into society, becoming a governess seemed the only reasonable path for her. The women of the Victorian Era can be regarded as the first group to do battle for the equality of the sexes. They lead all women to follow after them, and though their progression may not have been as vivid as the women of the 70's, they did have an effect. Feminism was not outright spoken of in this time, rather passed through literature, such as this very novel.
Influential female characters in literature reflect the struggle for equality women have with men. Much like reality, these characters seek individualism and liberty from, or equality with, men in a society dominated by men. These seekers are called feminists and many feminists see Charlotte Bronte’s titular character Jane Eyre as a proto-feminist icon of the Victorian era. Not only does Jane Eyre show the struggle of one woman under one man it represents the struggle of women in a male-dominated society. Reading Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre through a feminist perspective reveals Jane’s fight for independence, individuality, and equality in a society controlled and dominated by men.
During the Victorian Era, countless restrictions were placed on women, and equality was not a social norm. According to Margaret Strickland, “For Victorian women, the opportunity for employment was limited to roles sanctioned and contained by domesticity (governess, teacher, lady's companion/maid, etc. )” (Strickland). Nowadays women are admired for having the ability to fill various roles in the workplace, and it is deemed unconstitutional for a woman to not be given her rights. Women can be doctors, lawyers, businesswomen, congresswomen, etc.
She stated that the current education system restricted women’s potential to help make society and well with family and their home better. Wollstonecraft’s book was one of the first to clearly outline the need for change and helped early feminists immensely (Conger). Even through all of the events in the 18th century, the feminist movement didn’t form into an identifiable and self-conscious movement until the late 19th century (Rampton). Currently, there are three “waves” of feminis... ... middle of paper ... ...mination and self-love and confidence have become equally as important around the world. For women, this means the choice to marry or divorce, the want of a sexual partner or just simple pleasures.
In Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë uses the female characters to convey her views on Victorian conventions of womanhood. She does this initially by using first-person narrative to help us see the characters in their true form. In this essay I'm going to explain how Brontë uses the character Jane as porthole for her own views and beliefs. During the period Jane Eyre was set, the 1840's, it was conventional that women were inferior to men and were not entitled to their own opinions or freedom of mind. Brontë uses Blanche Ingram as an example of a typical woman of the time and the consequences of being so are shown throughout.
During Emma, pastimes that women took part in appeared to be trivial, as compared to modern pastimes and did not fully make use of the intelligence and strength of character of a young woman in society. In 19th Century England, the ‘perfect woman’ was seen as being a doting mother, devoted wife, loving daughter, a... ... middle of paper ... ..., she still upholds the trivial pastimes that were common during such times, as social visits and artistic endeavors, as such endeavors were seen to define the moral worth of women during the early 19th century BIBLIOGRAPHY Austen, J 1815, Emma, CRW Publishing, London 2003 Batchelor, J 2014 Is Emma a Feminist Novel?, Glyph, accessed 21 May 2014, . Bita, N 2013, ‘Women paid less than men for same job’, News.com.au, 19 November 2013, accessed 4 June 2014 Savage, HE 2013 Common Humanity: The Use of Gossip in Jane Austen's Emma,HubPages, accessed 23 May 2014, . Yu, C 2009 Feminism of Jane Austen in Emma, Humanities 360, accessed 23 May 2014, .
The focus will be on the conflict between feminist ideals, assumptions and demands behind what known as feminism. Feminism has evolved dramatically over time, which makes finding a widely accepted set of feminist ideas an impossible task. However, Webster’s dictionary (2007, p230) defines feminism as a theory of the political, economic, and social equality of the sexes. Therefore, feminism is based around the idea of men and women being equal. On the other hand, feminist is also defined as ‘an organized activity on behalf of women's rights and interests’ (Webster 2007, p.230).