Jane Eyre Social Expectations

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In Charlotte Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre, she writes about the life of a woman named Jane, who falls in love with a man named Rochester. Throughout the novel Bronte describes and uses the challenges Jane faces in order to reveal that you can be true to your morals and still be happy with yourself. According to society’s expectations the more wealth you have, the more superior you see yourself in comparison to others. Throughout the novel Jane has conflicting beliefs about what she should do when it came to certain situations. She wants to prove self morality while staying true to her christian morality as well. Brocklehurst is the manager of Lowood, which is the school Jane attends as a child. As one of the male characters who represents…show more content…
Because Rochester ends up choosing Jane over Blanche it reassures the reader that some social expectations are thought to be moral according to Jane. The idea that Blanche has the desire to be seen, first shows up when she says,“‘ let the round and dazzling arm be visible’” proving that Bronte uses her in direct contrast with Jane to emphasize this social expectation. Later on Jane questions Rochester’s acceptance of Blanche Ingram when she asks if Blanche “should fancy likely to suit Mr. Rochester’s taste.” In other words, Jane questions if Rochester will approve of Blanche’s desire to be seen. As a result of Jane’s curiosity she reveals to the reader that Bronte does not approve the expectation that social status allows you to defy social…show more content…
She expresses herself and it is looked at as “mad” because of the expectations women. In addition, her behavior was not ideal according to society’s expectations. Bronte uses Bertha to symbolize freedom for Jane letting go of herself expectations and just being. Bertha’s character reveals that women cannot be true to themselves without being seen as “mad.” When Rochester reveals to Jane why he married Bertha, the first thing he says to Jane is that “Bertha Mason is mad; and she came of a mad family idiots and maniacs”, implying that if this part of Jane was ever released she would not be accepted by Rochester. He also goes on to tell Jane that she drags him “through all the hideous and degrading agonies” while reassuring her that he was tricked into staying in the marriage. Throughout the constant back and forth between Jane and Rochester Bertha--who represents Jane’s passion--seems to always get in the way until the end when Jane realizes that she can be true to herself morals and still be accepted by Rochester. When Jane is just about to return to Rochester Bertha flings herself onto the pavement. In this moment her hair is described as “‘streaming against the flames as she stood.’”, implying that all of her passions are being set free. Bronte uses this particular moment to show the reader the importance of staying true to one’s self--freedom. St.John represents allowing your christian moral
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