Women's Conditions In The Victorian Age

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For many years, women have been considered inferior to men and, as a consequence, they have been subservient to men and to their own families. For instance, they had to be chaste, obedient, sympathetic, powerless, they could not go out when they wanted or dressed as they liked, but they were expected to stay at home and dedicated themselves to the education of children and to the domestic cleaning.

In the history of the United Kingdom, an important period that contributed to the subsequent independence of women was the Victorian Age. During this era, we can identify three types of women:
- Women who belonged to the nobility class; they were educated and they had the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious life.
- Middle class women; one of their main goals was to marry a noble man in order
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The history of the main character, Jane, can be seen as a symbolical “pilgrimage towards maturity and fulfillment” (Newman 1996:475) which began in Gateshead where she lived with her evil, wealthy aunt Mrs. Reed who sent Jane to Lowood Institution, a school for poor and orphaned girls. Time passed and after eight years, Jane left Lowood and found a job as a governess at Thornfield Hall where she fell in love with the master of the house, Edward Rochester, who proposed to her; however, the day of the marriage Jane found out that Mr. Rochester was already married to Bertha, who was mad and locked up in the attic of Thornfield. After that disillusionment, Jane’s trip continued to Moor House, where she was said that her dead uncle left her a great inheritance, and she also decided to give a second opportunity to Mr. Rochester after hearing his voice in the wind. The history ended in Ferndean with the marriage between Jane and Mr. Rochester, who after losing his eyesight in a fire, progressively recovered it just in time to see their firstborn
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