Mr. Brocklehurst, the director of Lowood, wants the girls to “clothe themselves with shamefacedness and sobriety, not with braided hair and costly apparel” (Bronte: 96). So he doesn’t allow for girls to be dressed neatly or with curls in their hair because to him that’s a sin of showing off. His goal it seems is not to truly educate this girls for their own improvement, but merely to educate them to serve the wealthy. In spite of many hardships, Jane manages to graduate and becomes a governess under Mr. Rochester’s employment. Mr. Brocklehurst’s influence on Jane to be plain, to be an underclass to serve becomes more apparent when Jane thinks, “is it likely he (Mr. Rochester) would waste a serious thought on this indigent and insignificant plebeian?” (Bronte: 191).
“They want us around for parties, banter, and most of all sex, but they don’t view us as intellectual equals.” This statement comes from a girl in Chesire who started a feminist society at her school after noticing how women are not treated fairly. Society has grown up in a world men and women are not perceived as equals, and the ones who advocate for equality are considered crazy. Feminism is lacking in today’s society due to the overwhelming demand to keep the patriarchy in place, because that is what society has grown up with throughout history. The question is, why has the world not accepted an egalitarian society? With this astonishing lack of feminism in society the world needs to allow it back in as how society functions, but before that will ever happen, the world needs to look at why it needs it, what it is which includes the stereotypes associated with it, and ending with the goals of women right’s activists.
Laura’s fear of embarrassment contrasts with her initial inability to comprehend the “elusive code of restraint” that governs the actions of her peers (O’Loughlin 88). These social pressures become key motivations for Laura’s later actions. This includes her refusal to wear the purple dress, due to “the views held by her companions” (Richardson 171). However, Laura’s later actions, which mirror those of her tormentors, reveal the transformation of her character. Accordingly, Laura felt no “sympathy” for a girl that underwent the “same experience” of social ostracisation (Richardson 167).
The narrator is like a child taking order for the male doctors in her life, even going on to say, “personally, I disagree with their ideas.” She does not accept their diagnosis but has no other choice but to follow it’s harsh procedures, much like the woman of the 19th century. The wallpaper, rules, and opinions of other stood between the narrator’s imagination and intellectual desires, eventually driving her to insanity. However, she is not the only woman in the story to feel this snared feeling. John’s sister, Jennie, claimed that she wouldn't mind tearing the wallpaper apart herself, proving she also felt oppressed by the strict rules of society. The narrator finds
And is it really a positive thing in all circumstance? Walker creates Dee as a selfish, unfeeling individual, who has an incredible zest for knowledge. She emphasizes her character as distinct from that of Maggie Johnson her younger sister. ”She used to read to us without pity, forcing words, lies, other folk's habits, whole lives upon us two; sitting trapped and ignorant underneath her words" (7), because of this her mother, Mrs. Johnson sends her to school in Augusta after she and the church raises the money. Dee thinks she is better than the rest, she wants to leave her family and heritage behind because she feels like they aren’t as sophisticated as she is.
Women are oppressed by a patriarchal society. They are viewed as submissive beings suited to bare children and do housework. This kind of attitude not only undermines development, but also reifies a gender disparity for women’s access to education and women’s success in the classroom, that continues to be perpetuated within the classroom. Providing women
Unlike Rita, Eliza didn't want to change her character. Rita, on the other hand, had dreamed of becoming a completely different person. Consequently, when Rita is happy after passing her exam, whereas Eliza is feels lost between two worlds, neither belonging to the working class nor the middle class. As to the relationship with their teachers, both students become more self-confident and their teachers become dependent on them, be it in a materialistic or personal way. Yet it is Eliza who complains about Higgins ignorance and carelessness whereas Frank reproaches Rita for her superficiality.
Feminism is a global movement that affects women all around the world either directly or indirectly because of the discrimination that it defends. Over the years women have been limited to living in a male dominated world. Women have been alienated from educational opportunities, workforce or labor opportunities and most importantly financial opportunities. Being oppressed by these factors and others has left women with the little option of becoming a housewife or a servant, or inheritor. Feminism has proven to be a controversial yet present point in the works of literary giants such as William Shakespeare, Jane Austen, Charlotte Bronte and many others.
Jane does not let her affections overtake her morality, though her return to Mr. Rochester proves passion to be stronger than reason. Women in the Victorian era were held to an inferior status. Many had to hide their feelings, conceal their creativity and they were sought to conform to societal rules. Jane Eyre never quite followed this, growing up in a contemptuous household Eyre acted out, calling her provider, Mrs. Reed, "deceitful" and describing her upbringing as "miserable cruelty" (Bronte 37, 36). Jane's upbringing instills her strong belief in justice toward those who treat others unfairly.
The relationship between the governess and Miles demonstrates the tension between the duty of a professional and honourable governess and the desire of becoming an upper-class woman with a sexually active life. As an analysis of the scenes in which the governess and Miles are alone will show, this tension results in the governess’s violation of social status differences as she engages in a sexual relationship with Miles. A governess in the Victorian period was faced with conflicting demands. Bell argues that a governess “had to be a lady to carry her role but was surely not ladylike in working for her living and no social equal of leisured ladies” (“Class” 94). In The Turn of the Screw, the governess clearly s... ... middle of paper ... ...rn of the Screw “clearly resists historical interpretation, which would fill in [the] blanks with knowledge of social group” (335).