Jane Eyre: Feminism and Social Class

Onat Yilmaz
2/10/13
AP English
Period 5

Jane Eyre: Feminism and Social Class

Women in the Victorian Age were mostly housewives. These women stayed home doing house work, focusing on taking care of their children and doing chores. During this time period, women never traveled alone, either with their husband or someone from their family. The men of the Victorian Era believed that a women's place was at home. Women didn't have many rights regarding education, owning property and marriage. There were 3 classes of women, the lower, the middle and the upper class. The wealthy women had an easy going life. They wore fancy clothes and attended many parties throughout the day. The middle ...

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Age in England were under many feminist views. In society women were looked upon as mediocre and controlled by the much superior men.

Most of the women in the Victorian Era were lower class women, who suffered a lot. These women had very few rights, and were looked down upon society. They were stuck home doing tiring work for their family and also under the control of their husband or a much superior male. But all of this depended on what class of women they were in society. Charlotte Bronte shows us how Jane in her life goes through all these stages. In the beginning of her life Jane is in Gateshead, where she lives with her unfair aunt Reed and cousins. Here she faces many obstacles, and suffers from her place in society. Jane is very poor because her parents are dead and has nothing left for her. Also she faces the disadvantages of being a woman in the Victorian Era. Because she is poor, Jane is excluded from many things in Gateshead. As her cousin John Reed says "You have no ...

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thinks he can force someone to do something he wants. Such as "God ad nature intended you for a missionary wife...You shall be mine: I claim you-"(Bronte, 388). Charlotte Bronte's point is that to show how men think that they can rule over women and force them into unwanted marriage. St. John emotionally blackmails Jane into being a missionary wife by using God's name. If Jane wasn't a strong and confident person she would've most likely been forced to marry St. John. An example of a wealthy class woman is Blanch Ingram. Like most wealthy class women, Blanch Ingram is beautiful and elegant. Just like how Jane said "She played...she sang...she talked French and she talked it well..." ...

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