Jane is a bildungsroman protagonist. “Jane also embodies in a strong way the Bildungsroman protagonist’s search for a model or preceptor, the clearest example of which is Miss Temple at Lowood School. Jane does not find a vocation in the modern sense of career; her journey ends in marriage and a family. But she does pursue important goas in the course of Jane Eyre, and reaching these constitutes the decisive and, in the world of the text, happy ending of her quest (Mosely). The novel begins with Jane living with her evil aunt and cousins.
Helen welcomed Jane into the strict, religious school of Lowood. However, Lowood was not the answer to Jane's prayers, but rather an unsuspecting, ill child. Helen proclaimed God's will and his command to "love your enemies; bless them that curse you ...." (Bronte 50) Jane thoughtfully analyzed this command but did not comprehend the meaning intended. Helen explained, "Life appears to me too short to be spent nursing animosity, or registering wrongs." (Bronte 50) Jane gradually discovers the importance of accepting faults in the world, and rejoices in the knowledge of God.
Many do not stop to consider another’s situation or perspective until faced with a similar predicament, as in the case of Hannah who, prior to her chroming, never could just... ... middle of paper ... ...egard ourselves as better than someone else. Lastly, it reminds us not to hide behind religion; it takes much more than belonging to a church to make us a decent person. We must follow the Golden Rule and treat others the way we would like to be treated. We must remain focused on our path of righteousness but understand that straying away does not mean god has forsaken us and it definitely does not mean we should forsaken ourselves. Works Cited Freeman, Martin. "
Leaving her ten years of ill-treatment in her aunt’s house in the past Jane moves on with her life. Attending Lowood School for girls, she then gathers the skills to later become a governess at the Thornfield residence. Here, bewildered about her place in society she begins to fall in love with her master, drowning into a sea of even more confusion. “Set in early nineteenth-century England, Jane Eyre moves through various locations, a... ... middle of paper ... ...ictorianweb.org/history/Class.html>. (website) Diedrick, James.
When her wedding is interrupted, she prays to God for solace, “Be not far from me, for trouble is near: there is none to help” (274). As she wanders the heath, destitute and hungry, she places her survival in the hands of God, “I felt the might and strength of God. Sure was I of His efficiency to save what He had made: convinced I grew that neither earth should perish nor one of the souls it treasured” (301). Jane vigorously objects to Rochester’s lustful immorality, and she refuses considering living with him while the official church and state continually deem him married to another. Even so, Jane barely brings herself to leave the only love in way she has ever known.
Even so, both of these women, as was the case with women almost everywhere, had to succumb to what society deemed socially acceptable – very little. Women were generally no more than mere faces whose responsibilities fell into the categories of household affairs, and entertaining. Edna has money, a husband who loves her, children, friends, a large house, and everything else that comes from being wealthy at the time - but it’s not enough for her. She wants to be able to get what she wants when she wants. In this sense, Edna is slightly more “radical” than Jane because of her at times, open disregard for societal customs and traditions.
Jane Eyre, the female protagonist of Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, begins the novel as a ten-year old orphan living with her aunt in Victorian England. As an orphan, Jane gains very few happy experiences with her cousins—John, Georgina, and Eliza Reed—and her aunt—Mrs. Reed, and she has even fewer privileges in the Gateshead estate where she is viewed as “less than a servant [because] she does nothing for her keep” (14). However, Jane, for a youth of barely ten years, clearly communicates an intrinsic dream to find a community in which she not only feels loved and respected, but also finds that she can act independently of this community. Unfortunately, these desires work against the conventions of society that would rather see Jane be “kept humble” (36) and utilized “properly” according to her class.
In this essay I will be examining the traumatic journeys that both Jane and Celie go through, to find their eventual happiness. I will also be considering the spiritual and emotional growth of both girls, throughout their journey in life. Written in 1847, Jane Eyre was an immediate best seller in the early Victorian period. At this period in time, women had a very inferior status to men, which allowed Bronte to stress her theme of female independence. Jane is the eponymous heroine of the novel, going through severe tests in each stage of her life, so that she can eventually deserve her eventual happiness.
In the beginning of the novel Jane first hit her first challenge with power while living with her aunt in Gateshead. Everyone in the house treated her as a poor orphan because she was left all alone. Her cousins were
Kate Chopin's The Awakening tells the story of a rich housewife named Edna Pontellier. Throughout the novel Edna struggles with feelings of loneliness and isolation as she searches to find independence and freedom in a society where her role was made before she was even born. In Kate Chopin's The Awakening, the characters of Adela and Edna are juxtaposed to highlight the expected role of women and how not fitting this role can create feelings of isolation and depression. One of Chopin’s first comparisons of Edna Pontellier and Adele Ratignolle were the fact that Adele was a mother woman and Edna was not; “In short, Mrs. Pontellier was not a mother-woman. The mother-women seemed to prevail that summer at Grand Isle.