What Makes Jane Eyre An Unusual Woman For Her Time? Essay

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What Makes Jane Eyre An Unusual Woman For Her Time? Charlotte Bronte wrote 'Jane Eyre' in the mid nineteenth century. At this time women were treated as inferior and believed to be less capable then men. In the Victorian age this belief was widely accepted and most women would marry and have children. Women were generally expected to serve men; this meant many ladies were both emotionally and financially dependent on their husbands. The fact that most women abided by these traditional values meant that it was extremely difficult for women to get jobs in the Victorian age. Employers were often against the idea of employing women because they were not believed to be as efficient as men and it was looked down upon in society. The…show more content…
When living in Gateshead Jane felt Mrs Reed owned her. Therefore Miss Eyre links being 'owned' with bad experiences so she tries to avoid belonging to anybody or being dependent on someone to avoid remembering her time spent in Gateshead. When Mr Rochester is her employer he offers her a fifty-pound note where only fifteen is due, her need for complete independence is shown,' I declined accepting more than was my due'. Jane refuses this offer because in her eyes it would be admitting that she is not totally independent and relies on him. Most women would have welcomed extra money, as during the Victorian reign money was scarce especially for unmarried women. Jane differs in the fact that money is not important to her, only her own independence. She is unusual for her ability to be happy with what she has instead of wanting what she has not. This selflessness is a rare quality, certainly not common within the relative poverty of many people living in her time. When Jane flees Thornfield after finding out about Mr Rochester's sinister secret she goes hungry for some time. Even when St John and his family take in Jane she still asks for no financial help showing her underlying independence. Too proud to return to the man who had deceived her it seems unfeasible that she asks for no help and instead seeks employment, yet this is what she does. Baring in mind how difficult it was in the Victorian time for a woman to find a job and an unbiased
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