Jane Eyre And Much Ado About Nothing

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Female Independence Women, especially in Europe, have come a long way from subordination and oppression within a male-dominated society. Today, many women are willing to stand up and fight for themselves and their rights against authoritative figures and inequality. It was not as easy, however, to establish independence in the Victorian Era and the Elizabethan Era: two periods where Jane Eyre and Much Ado About Nothing took place, respectively. Jane and Beatrice, two resolute women in these texts, both draw from negative personal experiences and their liminal position within their household to develop emotional and intellectual independence in a controlling patriarchal society, and with that, highlighting the complexity of their feelings towards men and love. Nonetheless, their ability to be independent is limited, as they live in patriarchal societies that bind women to occupational and marital expectations. The unfavorable way Jane was treated by her family was essentially the structural base of forming her overall independence. Her family ostracized her from everything, leaving Jane to live her childhood with nobody to support her. This instance of isolation drove Jane to have to depend on herself for entertainment, company and self-guidance, forming the initial aspects of her independence. In addition, Jane was forced to learn to defend herself due to the harassment put upon her by her cousin. At her breaking point, she snapped back: “Wicked and cruel boy! You are
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