Jane's Idealism: The Victorian Moral Code For Women

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Consequently, this female bildungsroman is foreshadowed at the opening chapter where Jane unbinds the social norms by educating her mind. This is a sense of freedom for her to improve her position in the society and rebel in this artistic manner. ‘The child who remains silent, isolated behind the curtain with escape literature in her lap’. (Freeman, 1984, p.683). This clearly shows how Jane has focused on self-education which she uses as a form of escapism due to her alienation at Gates head. Jane reads carefully and forms her own thoughts on the stories which emphasizes her knowledge. It is considered a disgrace for females to read as this was a form of stepping outside the conventional norms. ’The Victorian moral code for women was that
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