Jane Eyre as Feminist Role Model for all Women Essay

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Jane Eyre as Feminist Role Model for all Women In 1837 critic Robert Southey wrote to Charlotte Bronte, "Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it ought not to be. The more she is engaged in her proper duties, the less leisure will she have for it, even as an accomplishment and a recreation," (Gaskell 102). This opinion was not held by only one person, but by many. Indeed, it is this attitude, one that debases women and their abilities, to which Charlotte Bronte responds with Jane Eyre. The purpose of Jane Eyre, not only the novel, but also the character herself as a cultural heroine, is to transform a primeval society, one which devalues women and their contributions,…show more content…
She ventured to explore her own literary abilities and wrote Jane Eyre, a novel which "served to articulate the new sense of self that in Bronte's time was still emerging and developing against the background of a changing social order," (Schact 423). This novel not only proved the capability of Charlotte Bronte, but also, through Jane, gives readers hope as they view a young heroine who has a strong desire and struggles for independence, and who thinks for herself in a society which did not encourage this. Because of the prejudices against women, she felt that any opportunity for literary success would be stifled by her gender. For this reason the first editions of Jane Eyre were published under the pen name "Currer Bell." As we realize the barriers Bronte faced and had to overcome, we see her motivation for the development of the character, Jane Eyre, and for the publication of the novel. "Throughout the novel," Craig asserts, "Jane ascends new 'gradations of glory,' for in every relationship or confrontation, Jane emerges as the superior individual," (Craig 61). These "gradations of glory" assert Jane's value as a woman and virtually depict the worth of all women. Although these triumphs are not always immediate, Jane is always the ultimate victor. Even as a child, Jane is

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