Themes In Jane Eyre

Myla Hayes
DePalatis
HE 2
Period 3
15 November 2015 Modern Woman? Jane Eyre is a novel about a young lady and her journeys and experiences while growing up and becoming a woman. Often when the themes of this novel are being discussed, feminism comes up. Jane has the desire for women to be treated like every other man. Jane is a very distinguished character who in some aspects very independent. When it comes to feminism, she has the mindset of a modern woman as an example, she is more so about defying inequality then routing against it.
Jane would not subscribe to the belief that women were to be treated like property. She, unlike many other women in this time period made decisions that will benefit her even if they hurt those around her, she did not need a man in any situation and had her own career. Jane understood that choosing a career rather than a man would be a hard road, yet she chooses it anyway. She knew that she could go get married and have children and be supported
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One could argue that feminism was not around then and the decisions she was making were merely self-serving. Jane decisions were so out of the norm for the common time it would be difficult to believe she did not have a greater cause in mind than her own self-serving needs. Not many would make the decisions she did in a cavalier manner. Just because feminism was not in everyone's vocabulary does not mean that it was not a concept that was thought about. In this quote, Jane is talking about how she is not just an object, but a woman who has beliefs and feeling Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you” (____). INSERT CONCLUSION

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