Equality Within Charlotte Bronte 's Jane Eyre

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Equality is a given. The oldest and most relevant discussion on equality lies with the difference of sex; man versus woman. In the eighteenth century, society very much male dominated. Women were expected to obey a man 's commands and were treated inferior to their male superior. This novel embodies the ideology of equality between men and women in society. Charlotte Bronte 's novel Jane Eyre embraces many views in opposition to the Victorian gender limitations. Ultimately, the reader can see the author develops a variety of characters who not only represent but also challenge the established gender norms existing in the 1800s.

Feminists like Charlotte Bronte, fight for equality emotionally, mentally, financially, and physically. When Charlotte was 5 her mother passed away, and therefore the loss of a mother became the theme in her books. Then at age eight her father sent her and her sisters to The Clergy Daughters’ School which was expressed as Lowood School in “Jane Eyre”. Also just like Helen Burns in “Jane Eyre”, her older sisters Maria and Elizabeth died of tuberculosis. When Bronte was twenty six she enrolled in a school to learn French. It was in this time when she created “Jane Eyre”, in which she poured out her passion for her married teacher, creating the character Mr. Rochester. While writing “Jane Eyre” Charlotte discovered that Arthur Bell Nicholls, one of her father’s workers, had fallen in love with her, but she did not reciprocate these feelings. The two
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