"Jane Eyre" (Charlotte Bronte), The Feminist Tract
In 1837 critic Robert Southey wrote to Charlotte Bronte,
'Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it
ought not to be. The more she is engaged in her proper duties,
the less leisure will she have for it, even as an accomplishment
and a recreation,' (Gaskell 102). This opinion was not held by
only one person, but by many. Indeed, it is this attitude, one
that debases women and their abilities, to which Charlotte Bronte
responds with Jane Eyre. The purpose of Jane Eyre, not only the
novel, but also the character herself as a cultural heroine, is
to transform a primeval society, one which devalues women and
their contributions, into a nobler order of civilization (Craig
57). The effectiveness of Bronte's argument is due to both her
motivation and approach. Bronte found her motivation from the
experiences she had undergone while living in the Victorian era.
Her approach in advocating social reform is to establish Jane as
a model for readers. Readers are meant to examine Jane's life,
especially the manner in which she handles problems or
confrontations in her relationships, and to follow her example in
their own lives. Just as we see Jane as a model of a woman
successful in asserting her self-worth, we are also given a
warning about the possible outcome of failure to realize self-
worth in Bertha Rochester. This facet will also be discussed
briefly. Bronte uses the motivation of personal experiences to
create the life of Jane Eyre in which we see the quest for social
betterment through her relationships.
Bronte herself experienced the social limitations of the
nineteenth century. At this time 'respectable women had few
options in life beyond marriage, education of children, and
domestic service,' (Magill 747). She ventured to explore her own
European Literature essays:
An Air of Secrecy in the Novel "Jane Eyre". Express how secrecy drives the plot of the novel Jane Eyre.
... in literature, a characters success in achieving goals is tied with keeping a secret and divulging it only at the right moment, if at all. In Charlotte Brontes novel, Jane Eyre, Edward ... on one or more dark secrets. In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Rochester ...
"Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bronte - notes and imagery of each chapter, how they compare and Bronte's use of laguage.
... emotions, Charlotte Bronte created a heroine who was deeply passionate and felt a need for adventure, excitement, and even a desire for work that matters in the larger scale of human accomplishment. For this reason, even though Jane Eyre is ...
... Mrs. Gaskell, during a discussion about the qualities necessary in a protagonist, Charlotte Bronte declared that she would create "a heroine as plain and as small as [herself]" (qtd. in Nestor 9). Indeed, Jane's character is far from traditional Victorian ...
How successful is Bronte in engaging the reader's interest in her character and establishing the concerns of the novel "Jane Eyre" in chapter one?
... man. Jane is not portrayed as a normal heroine thus making her character different from others in diverse novels of the Victorian period. 'Jane Eyre', is written in the first person, narrative ...
This is a review of the life of female writer Charlotte Bronte. Her most popular work was "Jane Eyre."
... four novels. Charlotte wrote under the pseudonym Currer Bell. Jane Eyre, Charlotte's second novel, appears to be a sort of autobiography of Charlotte's ... Charlotte Bronte Charlotte was the third child of six of Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell. Both parents were literary. Her mother died of cancer ...
... Ideal Victorian Woman Charlotte Bronte uses her novel, "Jane Eyre", to satirize the classist society of the Victorian era. Bronte expresses the repression of 19th century Victorian woman ...
... missionary work. Using St. John Rivers, Charlotte Bronte also manages to contrast the two marriages offered to Jane. Marriage with Rochester represents the ... consideration of St. John's proposal leads Jane to understand that, paradoxically, a large part of one's personal freedom is found in a ...
In the Schoolroom Scene (Ch.7), explain how Charlotte Brontë portrays the injustices Suffered by Jane Eyre
... really one of God's lambs. The effect of this is that it reinforces the readers' understanding of Jane's view. Charlotte Brontë has also narrated this text through the voice of Jane Eyre. This ...