Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte, And Mrs. Mallard Essay

840 Words Mar 19th, 2016 4 Pages
Jane, from Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, and Mrs. Mallard, from “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, attempt to distort the lines of the conventional purposes of marriage. Jane believes that one should only marry as a result of an all consuming love whereas Mrs. Mallard views marriage as a suffocating necessity in the name of propriety. Marriage is a key component to both Mrs. Mallard 's and Jane 's identities. However, since Louise dies from losing the momentary taste of freedom that she had been denied of for so long by her husband, and Jane gains Mr. Rochester, Adele, and her future children as dependents, both texts suggest that marriage has a negative effect on women; being married strips away any independence that a woman may possess.
Jane, from Jane Eyre, believes that marriage should only occur between two equal and mutually affectionate partners. It is clear that Jane values equality with Mr. Rochester as she is only willing to accept his invitation to converse in the evenings if he vows to treat her as an equal. Jane also values independence and is unwilling to relinquish the autonomy that she has laboured to attain through climbing the social ladder from charity school pupil to lady-like governess. Jane is unwilling to depend upon Mr Rochester. Additionally, Jane is uncomfortable with being given materialistic items that she feels she has not earned, which is seen with her uneasiness regarding the extravagant gowns that were delivered to Thornfield before the…

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