The Power of the Women in Marriage

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In the Novel of Persuasion and Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre and Jane Austin would be considered the “ideal women” for marriage. Austen coming from a wealthy father gave her more privileges for her independence. On the other hand, Jane Eyre was not wealthy but her struggle gave her the ability to be strong and her pain gave her the strength to be courageous. For today’s readers, Jane Austen and Jane Eyre would be considered protagonist of the stories for their ability to manage their lives and others at such a young age. Marriages are similar today for the exception that women are more liberal today than they were in the 1800’s. Although Jane Eyre was not as wealthy and didn’t have the same luxuries Austen but she was determined to become educated. Tough Jane was an orphan and grew up with an abusive family she still was determined to learn. Jane’s agony is felt when she writes, “Why was I always suffering, always brow-beaten, always accused, forever condemned? Why could I never please? Why was it useless to try to win anyone’s favor? (Jane 642) Jane loved to read but was prohibited from the books her families library. The son of the Reed’s, John writes, “You have no business to take our books; you are a dependent, mamma says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg; and not live with gentlemen’s children like us, and eat the same meals we do; and wear clothes at mamma’s expense. (John 639) The humiliation she endured in her childhood has helped her to build resilience. In the novel you can sense her strength, courage, and determination to be different which is told in the story. Nonetheless, she had the qualities of a caring, helpful, and intelligent young women; considering her life she is ... ... middle of paper ... ...y people which are a great quality to have for having a successful marriage. In this next quote, I believe Anne is speaking out about the inequality men have over women. How men have portrayed women to be frail, uneducated, and housebound only giving them women a title of mother and wife. Anne in her novel has proven to be not only a wife but also an educator. Anne writes, “Men have had every advantage of us in telling their own story. Education has been theirs in so much higher a degree; the pen has been in their hands. I will not allow books to prove anything." (Anne 243) Modern culture can relate to this quote because we have reach a level of freedom that many women of the 1800’s were not able to see how men have evolved over time and also share the same interest of finding a women in marriage who is educated and are able to make their own life decisions.
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