Readers learn early in the story that Jane Eyre does not fit contemporary society's idea of a proper woman. As a child, Jane stands up to her aunt, Mrs. Reed, on more than one recorded occasion when Jane feels she has been treated unjustly (Brontë 28, 37). At one point, Jane bluntly tells her aunt, "I declare, I do not love you: I dislike you the worst of anybody in the world except John Reed [Jane's cousin]" (37). This was at best improper behavior for a child in Victorian society, and it was most definitely seen as improper by Mrs. Reed who grows to hate Jane, calling her "tiresome, ill-conditioned" and "scheming" (26). But her aunt's reprimands and hatred do not deter Jane from speaking up in the face of injustice.
In the novel Jane Eyre, the author Charlotte Bronte displays the main character Jane as someone who goes against the grain in societal values, roles, and constructions. In Terry Eagleton's essay "Jane Eyre's Power Struggles", he sees internal conflict within the book as she attempts to sort out social class barriers and gender role conflicts. As Jane goes through life she has many challenges starting at a young age with both her parents being dead and raised in a house where she is not loved or wanted, Jane is sent away to a school for poor orphan girls. The book was written in a the Victorian time period where one's status in society was determined by what class they were born into. Going astray from the norm, Jane opposes the caste system
Brocklehurst as a person, it would be “cruel”. Well, at least that and “hypocritical.” From the beginning, Bronte makes it clear that Mr. Brocklehurst, the supervisor of Lowood, is simply not a good person; the worst of what he does being the fact that he provides the orphans at the boarding school with the bare minimum of what is needed to survive all the while spoiling his own children. Somehow, however, he still believes that he is a Christian and, in a way - based off of the standards that place men at the top of the hierarchy of the Evangelical pyramid, he actually kind of is (to a point). Society’s morals do not require him to go above and beyond for the children in the orphanage which, unfortunately in their case, would literally mean being given more than just the bare minimum. He is also kind of expected, as a Christian, to ensure that the children he interacts with are put on a path to a relationship with God, which he also does; albeit very harshly. More than that, he does not accept Jane’s tendency to veer toward independence outside of societal standards which, again, is something that was not expected nor accepted of women and girls, even though Bronte argues that it should be. Under all that society’s principles have to offer, Mr. Brocklehurst is technically doing what he’s supposed to do as a Christian, but because of his own methods in achieving it, the question of whether or not he’s actually a good Christian comes into play. As stated previously, Mr. Brocklehurst is, on some level, a hypocrite. When he goes out of his way to let the children know that they are sinning, he does so in a way that shames them and as he does this, he also prides himself in being a better Christian than they are. This literally goes against one of the most important rules of Christianity which Brocklehurst notes himself when he tells Mrs. Reed that “Humility is a Christian grace” (Bronte). Mr.
The novel Jane Eyre is about a young lady who was treated unfairly and all she really wanted was happiness and kindness. Many characters get introduced in this novel and many of them change, but Jane Eyre would have to be the one who changes the most. She doesn’t change in a physical way, but her mind set changes. Throughout the novel Eyre becomes frustrated, hopeless, and open minded.
Throughout the novel, Jane Eyre, Jane went through unbelievable hardships. She encountered many different antagonists that while giving her a better understanding of the real world and the aspects of life they certainly didn’t make it easy. The antagonists of this story had major impacts on Jane’s life. These antagonists
Even though Jane faces limits to opportunities in her life because she strictly belongs to neither the upper nor poor class, her thinking isn’t limited and she is able to grow as an individual unlike the characters who have been assigned to a specific class. Through Jane’s point of view, Charlotte Brontë expresses her view that the class system is harmful Jane and thus to the society in which she lives in her novel Jane Eyre.
Jane Eyre’s life was full of oppression, neglect and sorrow. The novel was formed around a few main ideas. One of those would be the search of love and acceptance. Jane wanted to find a family so desperately and she wanted to belong to people. More than this though, Jane
In chapter six of Jane Eyre, Jane, the protagonist, is humiliated and falsely-accused before an audience of students and teachers at Lowood, a charity school where young girls are taught the fundamentals of a vain-less life. Mr. Brocklehurst, a clergyman and the school's proprietor, speaks sharply to Miss Temple, the superintendent, scolding her for treating the students to bread and cheese twice in a fortnight, as their burnt porridge proved far less than edible; his creed states that the modest and unelaborate ways of life lead to Salvation. Hands trembling as she shields her face with her chalk slate, Jane fears Mr. Brocklehurst’s eye might catch hers, then possibly lead to a discussion of her supposedly fiendish character. Her Aunt, Mrs.
Jane Eyre was born an orphan and raised under the hands of a heartless Aunt. Aunt Reed stressed to Jane that she was privileged to live so well without any
The Impression of Oppression in Jane Eyre Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë depicts the rigid social structure and clear division between the upper and lower classes of Victorian society, in which wealth and status determined one’s beliefs, career, and treatment from those surrounding them. Those of the upper class did not typically converse or involve themselves with those viewed as beneath them; however, Jane Eyre fights the separation between the classes to which she has fallen victim at both Gateshead and Lowood school. Her refusal to conform to the hierarchy eventually leads to the meddling between the Victorian-era elite and peasant class, as seen through Jane Eyre’s romantic relationship with Edward Rochester, an upperclassman and
The Presentation of Mr. Brocklehurst in Bronte's Jane Eyre Chapter seven sees Jane slightly more experienced to the ways of Lowood School. She has come to accept the poor conditions laid down by Mr. Brocklehurst, however has not yet learnt to ignore them and Bronte describes Jane suffering a lot in this chapter. This lack of food and appalling living conditions are down to the head of the school, Mr. Brocklehurst. This man uses his apparent strong beliefs in Christianity as an excuse to provide the children of Lowood with the absolute bare minimum. Brocklehurst claims his “mission is to mortify in these girls the lusts of the flesh”, presenting the idea that perhaps Brocklehurst is simply a man that has a immensely firm grasp of his
The Victorian Era was a period of time that includes the entire second half of the nineteenth century when Queen Victoria ruled Britain. These era was known for its rather stern morality. In those times women were discouraged to pursue their studies as well as literary careers. Regardless of these
What impression do we gain of Jane Eyre in the opening chapters? In the first few opening chapters Jane Eyre is seen as a mentally and physically abused child, during her years at Gateshead Hall. John Reed displays violence towards Jane in the first chapter. He punishes and bullies Jane; it is not known why the Reed family resent her so much. Her situation is seen as desperate within the first few paragraphs. Her cousins and Aunt make her life impossible and unbearable, she is not seen as a member of the family. Jane is simply seen as ‘’less than a servant’’ as she does ‘’nothing for her keep’’.
This is different in Jane Eyre as she is pleased with her position in society, she doesn’t judge or put down those of a lower status due to knowing what it is like. An example of this is where she takes the positon of a teacher and she feels as though she has “taken a step which is sinking her instead of raising her in the scale of social existence.” She then mentions that she must not forget that these “coarsely-clad little peasants are flesh and blood as good as the scions of gentlest genealogy.” As readers of Charlotte Bronte 's story we are naturally prepared to offer her our affection and admiration for the duration of the book, as a teller of her own story she has to reveal with the becoming modesty what will make her loveable and admirable. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane allows us as readers to witness her remarkable skill at shaping characters into unique individuals through the most commonplace actions and events. These are prime examples of why and how these female authors are able to write successful novels.
Jane Eyre Literary Criticism “Little Girls with dreams become women with vision” (unknown). This quote expresses Jane’s entire life in the novel Jane Eyre written by the author Charlotte Brontë. The main character that is discussed in this book is Jane Eyre and she is trying to find herself despite being recognized as less than everyone else solely based on her gender and her poor place in nineteenth-century’s social class. Gender inequality is world wide problem with no end, dating back to the civil rights period to the present day. Mrs. Reed, John Reed, Mr Brocklehurst and Ms. Blanche Ingram, as well as many others are a prime example for this issue. For the reason being that they allow others’ mainly her son to not only treat her with disrespect but also torment Jane as well.