What rights should women be allowed? In Charlotte Bronte's novel, "Jane Eyre", the author demonstrates her thoughts through the setting of the passage as well as thoughts, feelings, and actions of characters towards the unjust treatment of women in Victorian society.
The social critique Charlotte Bronte is making in this passage is that men feel obliged to take away the pride of any woman hoping for success. The reason Mr. Brocklehurst said what he did was because Jane Eyre's guardian, a widow (the societal equivalent of a man), had told him that this female child was a very wicked person. After Mr. Brocklehurst tried to sabotage Jane Eyre's reputation at her new school, Jane Eyre was "crushed" and felt she would never be able to rise from her beaten to the "ground" position. (73) During this time period, Men considered women unworthy of satisfaction. Also, the fact that Mr.
Brocklehurst's attempt to ruin Jane and separate the women backfired, shows how the author believes that women need to stick together to be able to help each other in life. The unjust treatment of women is distinctly shown by this excerpt of the novel.
A large portion of this passage focuses on the characterization of Jane Eyre. Jane Eyre had much ambition to become an equal to those around her, and when she felt that wasn't possible Jane "wished to die". (73) This shows how significant everyone's opinion of Jane means to her. Another trait displayed in this section is Jane's ambition to "learn". (73) Miss Eyre believes she wouldn't have the same chance to learn after her integrity was denounced which caused her to fret. The tone in this chapter from the main character, Jane Eyre is overwhelmingly depressed. This tone is evoked because...