Marriage Interrupted

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Marriage interrupted Let the wife make the husband glad to come home, and let him make her sorry to see him leave.-Martin Luther Marriage is something many hope to obtain. Many girls dream of finding happiness, love and respect when they get married similar to that of fairytales, they forget about the long forgotten social norms of my many cultures as it related to marriage; societies that were once very harsh casting aside feelings for financial security and the scenes of the perfect wife. This idea was especially true in British society, however there were some exceptions where love was the sole purpose for marriage and where the main hero wasn’t treated or treating their loved one as less than an equal which leads to my following argument. I will be discussing the following question: How does the marriage of Jane and Rochester in Jane Eyre help shape the idea of gender equality? In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, The marriage of Jane and Rochester strengthens the idea of gender equality by promoting the idea focusing on love rather than status and the idea of promoting individuality as it relates to a woman’s views on marriage. The first piece of evidence where the idea of promoting love rather than status is Jane discussing marriage. Jane does not wish for marriage to be a chore she wishes to support her husband in a loving way rather than just by being purely subservient. Jane sees the contrasting women of her society and takes away what she sees, in regards to how she is supposed to behave. Rochester marries Bertha for her money and social status. Bertha Mason is sacrificed to the institution of the marriage of convenience and hence Thornfield, symbolizing this institution of marriage of convenience, must be destroyed bef... ... middle of paper ... ...aintaining her identity; she and Rochester’s marriage seems to be the blueprint for marital equality. Sources Cited Bronte, Charlotte. Jane Eyre. Ed. Margaret Smith. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1998. Print. Ya-huei Wang, “Women, Marriage and Economy in Jane Eyre." Journal of Literature Language and Linguistics 3 (2011): 1-9. 29 Feb. 2011. Web. 20 Sept. 2013. Xiaojie, Li. "Jane Eyre: A Panorama of Victorian Women's Lives and Social Status: Kagoshima University Repository." Jane Eyre: A Panorama of Victorian Women's Lives and Social Status: Kagoshima University Repository. Kagoshima University, 15 Feb. 2012. Web. 25 Sept. 2013. "Jane Eyre", from Governess to Girl Bride. Esther Godfrey. Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900Vol. 45, No. 4, The Nineteenth Century (Autumn, 2005) (pp. 853-871)
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