Jane Eyre Feminist Analysis

1066 WordsNov 20, 20175 Pages
In 19th century Victorian England, it is ideal for women to be submissive, docile, and soft-spoken in a society where the man is viewed as the superior. While men are perceived to be revolutionary, daring, and ingenious for speaking their thoughts or pursuing their interests, women are viewed as hysterical, impudent, and presumptuous for acting on their true nature or their intuition. Jane Eyre, a semi-autobiography by Charlotte Brontë, is an exemplary novel where an untraditional heroine defies societal normality. The female protagonist Jane Eyre exhibits a self-created drive for personal success and a perpetual ambition to learn, characteristics customary of men. After the publication of Jane Eyre, many critics has viewed it through the…show more content…
Instead of passionately pursuing her dream of opening her own school or never getting married, Jane gives up her dawning career by marrying Mr. Rochester and settling down with him once he proposed. Similar to her socially acceptable occupation as an educator and caregiver—a governess—Jane gives up her dreams of opening a school to become a caregiver for Mr. Rochester when he is disabled. Jane says “Reader, I married him” (Brontë 457) in the concluding chapter to announce she accepts the wrongs done to her without further logical explanation—without further consideration of what she has given up for love and a man. Brontë’s portrayal of Jane shows she did not allow the heroine to act courageously to change herself and the world. Griesinger fails to adequately judge Brontë’s feminist motives due to the shortcoming of Jane Eyre. Unlike what Brontë preached for, Jane became the epitome of a character who accepts injustice given to her by patriarchal figures and society—a contradiction to the feminist movement. However, Charlotte Brontë encourages the feminist movement by using Jane’s character to criticize and reject patriarchal oppression. Jane is a devout Christian who allows most of her decisions to be influenced by her religious teachings and self-interpretation of God. This is crucial to Jane because this enables her to justify her denial of
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