Theme Of Feminism In Jane Eyre

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In Charlotte Brontë’s novel Jane Eyre, the role of a woman in the Victorian era was general chores, and basically a servant to the man. Brontë writes about the conflict women have with being held at lower standards than men. Jane grew up with feeling like she was lower than a man, butby the end of the novel Jane finds her inner self and grows against the stereotypical setting of a woman. Jane Eyre is an anti-feminist book, but Jane Eyre herself is a feminist. With gender equality in Jane Eyre, Jane is the feminist, yet the writing as a whole is anti-feminist. But first, the definition of feminism would be important. From the Oxford English Dictionary feminism is “the advocacy of women’s rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes”.…show more content…
The writing itself is anti-feminist because it can be pro-women without tormenting men. The roles of the characters didn’t depend on their gender, but rather their character and morals. With Jane, for example has a very strong character, and doesn 't let anyone take that away from her. She is not afraid to stand up to Rochester, especially when he proposes to her. Although there weren’t as many sympathetic males as there were females, the least sympathetic characters were of either gender and didn 't keep it focused on one specific gender. Jane speaks about how she feels women are supposed to act. “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 just as their brothers do.” (130). Here, Jane articulates about the struggles she, (and other women), have with men. She believes that women have to same right to express their emotions and feelings as men do. Bertha Mason, Rochester’s current wife, is a great example of how woman can be controlled and feel like

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