Jane Eyre: Ladies First

Throughout history women have played important roles in society.
Women have gone through much adversity to get where they are today. Jane
Austen and Charlotte Brontė are some the pioneers of women's literature.
Each shows their different aspects of a women's role in society in their
books Emma by Austen and Jane Eyre by Brontė. In both of these books the
author shows how a woman deals with societies' norms, values, and manners.
Jane Eyre is an orphaned daughter of a poor family. She is brought
up by her aunt Sarah Reed. Where she is teased and tortured by the aunt
and the family. She is not very pretty and is barely on the social
structure. On the other hand Emma Woodhouse is a ...

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take responsibility for her action. She is put to the test by her daily
teasing and abuse from her cousins. When she is brought to a boarding
school she soon distinguishes herself through her classes. Eventually ends
up in Thornfield where she meets Edward Rochester.
While growing up in Gateshead Hall, Jane is treated less than a
servant. Her cousins John, Eliza, and Georgiana Reed remind Jane she has
no worth and is an unwelcome relative. Out of the three cousins John was
one of the meanest, not only of Jane Eyre but of all living creatures.

“John, no one thwarted, much less punished: though he twisted the necks of
the pigeons, killed the little pea-chicks, set the dogs at the sheep,
stripped the hothouse vines of their fruit, and broke the buds of the
choicest plants in the conservatory:”(pg.9)

Jane becoming unable to withstand her treatment at Gateshead Hall she is
sent to Lowood, a boarding school for the poor. Before she leaves
Gateshead she tells her aunt how ...

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hope to be useful to their families in some way or other. But a
farmer can need none of my help, and is therefore in one sense as much
above my notice as in every other he is below it.”(pg.29)

In helping Harriet, Emma discourages her interest in Robert Martin because
she is from a more conventional family than his. Emma then sets Harriet
with Mr. Philip Elton to be his future spouse. This planned fail because
of Mr. Elton loved Emma instead of Harriet.
Jane Eyre soon arrives in Lowood, where she becomes friends with
Helen Burns, a sickly child whose saint-like encouragement helps Jane with
the hardships of school life. Here is where Jane's renewal in faith starts
to develop. ...

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