Gender Inequality In Jane Eyre

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The Victorian Era was the decade of extreme social and gender inequality. In many ways, the society was polarized in that men are treated as superior individuals, whereas women are looked down upon. In the novel, Jane Eyre, inequality is portrayed through marriages of characters. The issue is further acknowledged with the different perspectives of the society, characters and the author. In her novel, Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë disagrees with the society’s implication of marriage as a confinement of freedom, but instead suggests that marriage should be based on equality and duties.
Because the setting takes place in the Victorian Age, Brontë points out the society’s expectation of marriage at the time, which is women’s subjection to men; however she expresses her disagreement of it by advising a marriage built on equality. She states that society’s definition of marriage is the exchange between male financial supports for female sexuality. During the party of Rochester, Jane indicates her belief on marriage. “I saw he was going to marry her, for family, perhaps political reasons; because her rank and connexions suited him; I felt he had not given her his love” (216). Jane’s belief is shaped by society’s expectations that individuals can only marry someone in their own social status. Therefore, Jane believes that Rochester will marry Ms. Ingram due to her high rank, wealth and beauty. She concludes that although there is no love between the two, they will come together for
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