It is in vain to say human beings ought to be satisfied with tranquility: they must have action; and they will make it if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in silent revolt against their lot. Nobody knows how many rebellions besides political rebellions ferment in the masses of life which people earth. 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 brothers do … It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex. (Bronte 112-13)
Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, was an excellent fusion of the pious moral tone of the Victorian era and its society’s values shown by the struggles of a rebellious governess. During this time known as the Victorian era, the role of women was in the home, constricting them from society and fulfilling their voices. Tormented by multiple struggles from both social class and women’s social standing Jane Eyre finds herself standing at cross roads. Haunted by her upbringing of being pushed beyond the limits of her tolerance for pain and injustice, Jane seeks to find her own independence (Jane). Leaving her ten years of ill-treatment in her aunt’s house in the past Jane moves on with her life. Attending Lowood School for girls, she then gathers the skills to later become a governess at the Thornfield residence. Here, bewildered about her place in society she begins to fall in love with her master, drowning into a sea of even more confusion.
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