Essay on A New Kind of Woman in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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Jane Eyre is a book that demonstrates the power which a woman is capable of possessing. Through the character of Jane, Charlotte Bronte creates a woman so unlike any other woman of the time. She creates a new woman; a woman who succeeds on her own terms regardless of circumstances and independent of her male counterpart. Jane begins as any other ordinary traditional woman from the Victorian era, meek and fragile, but throughout the course of her life she faces many obstacles and life making decisions, which she fearlessly takes on as no other traditional woman would. She manages to take complete control of her life because of the transformation that she makes into a new woman, making her transformation into a new woman essential for her…show more content…
After Thornfield all seems tragic, however Jane pushes forth into the unknown, leaving her traditional self even more behind by choosing to follow what she feels and wants over what is said to be right and proper. Jane continually defies the statuses quo by which traditional women in the Victorian era behave and act upon. One of the first instances in which she passes the line between what it is to be a traditional woman and a new woman is as a child when she stands up to Mrs. Reed for the first time. For a long period of time, Jane withstands Mrs. Reed’s absurd insults, but she has it with her when Mrs. Reed declares to the master of Lowood School, Mr. Brocklehurst, that she is a naughty girl and a liar. One of the things that separate Jane from every other woman is the integrity and dignity with which she carries herself. Mrs. Reed taints her integrity and dignity with her false accusations, and remarkably, at the age of ten Jane bravely retaliates against Mrs. Reed’s false accusations. It takes her a minute before she says anything, but after Mr. Brocklehurst departs Jane states, “speak I must,” (29) demonstrating for the first time one of the actions that defines her as a new woman; for a traditional woman would have remained silent just as she almost did or as she did when Mr. Brocklehurst was present. Jane carries on to say to Mrs. Reed, “I am not deceitful…I dislike you the worst of anybody in the world” (29). Jane moves on with her life in complete
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