“the patriarchal forces that have impeded women’s efforts to achieve full equality with men,” is present in Victorian society as well as in Jane Eyre. Early in Jane’s life women are put in a position in which exert their standards of what women s... ... middle of paper ... ...ated society. Jane also shows how independent she is by seeking work even after marriage and refusing to conform to the typical Victorian woman: dependent and obedient to men. In the end Jane wins, in a sense, over a man; she defies the natural order of society when Rochester must become dependent on Jane. In closing Jane Eyre is a story of how a strong woman overcomes the unfair and unequal societal norms of the Victorian era and is rewarded with the equality and independence she fought so hard for.
Jane “resisted all the way,” and “like any other ... ... middle of paper ... ...ighting for acknowledgement in a society dominated by males. She, unlike her aunt, is not afraid to stand up to John, and is not bossed around by him. She is constantly fighting with him. Bronte uses this difference between Jane and the other women characters to create the picture in her reader’s mind, that women who display the behaviors of the classical Victorian female are bad, and that the women who show independence and individuality are good. Bronte’s Jane Eyre is brimming with feminist ideology rebuking Victorian-Era gender-roll ethics and ideals.
Upon deeper analysis of Marianne’s character, she is revealed to be a modern young woman with a strict yet evolving code, which guides her actions through sensibility, intellect and independence of spirit. To accuse her to simply be an immature, overzealous adolescent girl is to fall prey to the same errors in judgment that befall Marianne. The narrator introduces Marianne to the novel with an affable description, an immediate comparison to Elinor and a slight nod to a lack of maturity in judgment. “Marianne’s abilities were, in many respects quite equal to Elinor’s. She was sensible and clever; but eager in everything; her sorrows, her joys, could have no moderation.
This line suggests to the reader that unlike other characters, Daisy is aware of her position as a woman and realizes that she has no power over her own life and understands that ‘ignorance is bliss’, meaning she believes that being a ‘beautiful little fool’ would allow a girl to live a life of luxury while being oblivious to living a life controlled by men. Throughout the Novel F. Scott Fitzgerald establishes gender roles through women being seen as the second sex. The female characters throughout the novel follow the pattern of being unspoken, plain and proper, proving true to the social dynamics of the 1920’s and therefore further influencing men to be the greater sex: Benny McClenahan arrived always... ... middle of paper ... ... such as lying, playing sports and cheating. Fitzgerald includes Jordan to break the pattern of social conformity of the women of the 1920’s. Overall F. Scott Fitzgerald’s visualization of women in The Great Gatsby demonstrates women living a life controlled by men and fortune.
plain and hard-working governess. She believes that "Women are supposed to be very calm generally; but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties and a field for their efforts as much as their br... ... middle of paper ... ...mediate feelings. Rochester is the first person that has ever truly loved her yet she knows that staying with him would mean compromising herself because she would be Rochester?s mistress rather than his wife. Not only would she lose her self-respect, she would probably lose Rochester?s, too, in the end. Hence, Jane asserts her worth and her ability to love herself regardless of how others treat her.
The Novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte symbolized a new era in the history of literature. It not only awakened women’s awareness to being independent, but also brought about a completely new concept of the value of life to a woman. Ideas like marriage based on love and respect and not social ranks where considered very controversial at the time. Even though the idea may have been considered controversial, Bronte had no trouble making her novel defy all odds. This also included her heroine, Jane Eyre, who demonstrates the image of a woman who is kind, free spirited, and most importantly, brave enough to say “no” to the social conventions.
A woman being stripped of all rights and power besides the hope of attracting men seems almost inconceivable in modern days, but Jane Austen’s period beholds women as mere objects of desire with their success relying on beauty and docility. A lack of these qualities leaves them spouseless and thus, in their patriarchal society, powerless. Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen exemplifies this degrading society of women who display scarcely any power, intelligence or ambition and who are judged solely on the qualities that make them worthy of marriage. However, Austen introduces a character that differs in her way of thinking and utilizes strength and power as a means of progression rather than sex appeal and ignorant compliance. Catherine embodies feminism with her unwillingness to conform to society’s standards of females and in her eagerness to speak her mind and pursue her desires.
In comparison to Esther Downing, Hope is the antithesis of what a young Puritan woman should be, and in turn, Hope gains a great deal of respect from the readers of the novel through her “unacceptable” behavior. Hope’s most noticeable characteristics, unusual for women of the time, are that she is assertive and aggressive, bold and daring, the opposite of the passivity that women were expected to portray. Hope speaks her mind freely, despite what consequences may follow. Those around her acknowledge her unwelcome behavior, and Governor Winthrop makes note of it to Mr. Fletcher. He tells Mr. Fletcher, “you must allow, brother, she hath not… that passiveness, that, next t... ... middle of paper ... ... who exemplify the “proper” behavior for a Puritan woman, has the ability to squash her fears and put out of her mind any possible dangers, so that she can accomplish necessary tasks.
Elizabeth Bennet has been characterized in opposition to the views of women and she lives a life full of independence, without relying on men to make decisions and provide financial stability. On the other hand, Jane and the other sisters represented the typical views of women, making them very dependent on men, with little power. The differing views of women displayed in the novel have changed throughout the years and eventually have brought society to the current views of women, which are much more equal to men than in the
Elizabeth’s view of marrying someone you love and respect allows her to reject two proposals despite the threat of poverty. Elizabeth strongly believes in marrying for love “nothing but the very deepest love will induce me into matrimony”. This view on marriage was not shared by society as one’s wealth and social class were often the inducer of matrimony, thus making Elizabeth’s view highly unprecedented. Additionally, Jane Austen observed that “Single women have a dreadful propensity for being poor which is one very strong argument i... ... middle of paper ... ...judice” and “A Room With a View” are portrayed as remarkably independent, their independence is used to convey an alternative role model for their societies. More specifically, Elizabeth’s independent character is used to demonstrate that women in Regency England can marry someone they love and have a “happy ending” that was much desired for as opposed to the common alternative of living in poverty or marrying for convenience.