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Essay On Governess In Jane Eyre

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The process of procuring the governess position at Thornfield Hall is the moment that Jane Eyre steps into a further level of independence that defies the Victorian standards of the time period for women (Godfrey 857). From the moment that Jane posts her advertisement in the Shire Herald, she seizes the possession of her life by her ambition to rise into a higher social class and rely simply own her own ability free from reliance on others (Brontë 694; Vanden Bossche 47). The desire for this step and the eventual successful “advancement from her position as teacher at Lowood to private governess” is crucial in Jane Eyre’s journey to complete independence as it is through this transition that Jane undergoes a shift in social status (Godfrey…show more content…
However, this respect is not completely in harmony with the Victorian expectations, resulting from her inferior position as a female breaking into the middle class, as she quickly establishes that Mr. Rochester does not possess the “right to command [her] merely because [Mr. Rochester is] older” or because he has “seen more of the world;” Jane believes that Mr. Rochester’s social hierarchy and life experience does not provide him with superiority (Stoneman 36; Brontë 729). Although Jane’s early time in Thornfield demonstrates a continuous progress in the protagonist’s journey towards independence, the moment that she falls in love with Mr. Rochester this advancement almost reaches a standstill as she accepts his marriage proposal (Brontë 816).
Mr. Rochester, Jane Eyre’s employer at Thornfield as the benefactor of Adele the little girl that Jane tutors and cares for as a governess, is the only obstacle that Brontë’s protagonist faces, one that causes her to waver for an instance in her journey towards independence. As Jane accepts Mr. Rochester’s marriage proposal, she independent choice seems to be in accordance with the impulses for a typical marriage during the Victorian era, to marry based on financial and social status benefits; however her true motive stems from her sincere love for Mr. Rochester and her choice is not effected by social or economic ambitions (Ayyildiz 150). Jane is adamant in her self-perseverance to
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