Tremendous Spirit and Feminism Displayed in Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre
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Tremendous spirit. The enviable trait that Jane Eyre from Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre possesses is what stimulates her to achieve self-actualization despite the fact that she is a woman. True feminism isn’t as violent as a handful of vicious extremists claim it to be. The accurate definition of feminism is “the doctrine advocating women’s social, political, civil, educational and all other rights as equal to those of men.” Women of Charlotte Bronte’s era did not have basic rights such as the aforementioned. The feminist movement in the Victorian Era had only just begun and Jane Eyre was far ahead of her peers. Published in 1847, the bildungsroman novel of Jane Eyre was an intricate one, with subtle feminism carefully woven in it,…show more content…
Jane flowers under Ms. Temple’s meticulous attention and finds a new thirst for learning which will stay with her her entire life. The education she receives from Lowood proves to be an indispensable one, for she becomes a teacher herself and wishes to become dependent. The desire for travel and a steady income leads Jane to advertise as a governess, a job most intelligent women would have spurned, for they were often paid little and had awful, spoiled children who were incredibly disinterested in the lessons of their governesses. Her advertisement was seen by the housekeeper of Thornfield Hall and a job was offered to her there which she took up to provide for herself and to confront the world.
Jane Eyre’s main love interest, the wealthy and much older, Mr. Rochester, is also one of Jane’s antagonists. Their courtship was largely unorthodox. She was his illegitimate daughter’s governess and he was her employer. She lived at his estate while they were courting and that gave way to many difficult temptations. Jane stayed true to herself and did not allow for Mr. Rochester to ply her into whatever he wished. She respects herself too much to consent to his power plays. Jane’s passionate character is exemplified here, when she tells Mr. Rochester that she does not know what to make of him for she stills believes that he will marry another woman of more beauty and class. This is where she gives her famous speech:
"Do you think I can stay to become nothing to