Revision of Master Narratives within Jane Eyre and Wide Sargasso Sea

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     To be able to discuss adequately how the master narratives of Bronte and Rhys’ time are revised, one must first understand what those master narratives were and what the social mood of the time was. From there one will be able to discuss how they were revised, and if in fact they were revised at all.
     Bronte is known as one of the first revolutionary and challenging authoress’ with her text Jane Eyre. The society of her time was male dominated, women were marginally cast aside and treated as trophies for their male counterparts. Their main role in life was to be a mother and a wife, “ Literature cannot be the business of a woman’s life……the more she is engaged in her proper
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Any sign of deviancy would be punished by the patriarchal system of that time, especially that of a deviant girl. As the patriarch was entirely male, the oppression of the female gender was swift and harsh.
     At Lowood Jane ultimately has to conform to the rules and regulations of the male domination to exist and live. Here she becomes a “quiet…disciplined and subdued character.” This time in Jane’s life, brings up questions and queries into whether Bronte does in fact revise master narratives, which I will look at later on.
     Throughout the course of the text this female character pulls herself up from no social standing to somebody with a wealthy inheritance, eventually marrying the man she loves under her conditions, without having to compromise her beliefs or herself. Jane’s relationship with Rochester is a key element of Bronte’s revising the master narrative. She of course falls in love with Rochester whilst she is a member of his staff, she has no independence of her own, whether that be financial or otherwise. She ends up fleeing Thornfield, for despite her love of Rochester, she wants to be equal, and knows he ultimately wants to ‘master’ her. A sign of what a typical Victorian marriage was like, in which the woman would submit to the man and obey his orders. Bronte dissects this notion, as Jane does
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