Feminism & Jane Eyre

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Jane Eyre is a Feminist Novel In the novel Jane Eyre, by Charlotte Bronte, there is an ample amount of evidence to suggest that the tone of Jane Eyre is in fact a feminist novel. Throughout the novel, Jane establishes us with a first hand account of a woman's triumph over hardships. Through strength and integrity, Jane is able to break free of the mold that society attempted to set her in. The power and independence that Jane manages to obtain is very unusual for this Victorian time period. Bronte uses Jane's struggles not only to judge sexual placement of that time, but also to establish to all women the need for sexual equality.

In the beginning of Jane Eyre, Jane struggles with Bessie the nurse at Gateshead Hall. Jane says, "I resisted all the way: a new thing for me"¦"� (Jane Eyre: p.24) This sentence foreshadows what will be an important theme of the rest of the book, female independence and rebelliousness.

Jane is here resisting her unfair punishment, but throughout the novel she expresses her opinions on the state of women. Before leaving Gateshead, Jane finally stands up for herself against Mrs. Reed by saying, "I gathered my energies and launched them in this blunt sentence-"¦"�(Jane Eyre: p.47) This is a huge turning point in Jane's life, one that greatly affects her for the rest of her life. From this point on Jane's pilgrimage will consist of a series of experiences that in one way or another are connected to her time spent at Gateshead. (Gilbert: p.477) After her retaliation at Mrs. Reed, Jane feels over-powered: "Ere I had finished this reply, my soul began to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt."�(Jane Eyre...