Essay on Jane Eyre, By Charlotte Bronte

1310 Words Dec 7th, 2016 6 Pages
The experience of gender plays a significant role in each human life. Gender can be extremely liberating, granting one a comfortable label through which to identify oneself. It can also be an unbearable burden given by society, laced with a set of predetermined characteristics and stereotypes. Although different societies throughout the ages have given and assigned such burdens to members of both genders, women have arguably been hit the hardest by societal expectations based on gender. One of the most restrictive of such societies was the Victorian one of the 19th century. In Victorian society, women were seen as little more than beautiful objects: they were supposed to be both submissive and subordinate to men, not to mention intellectually inferior. Their role was quite defined and, from a modern standpoint, quite degrading. A few outspoken people, popular author Charlotte Brontë among them, resisted and decried the supposed place of women in society. Through Jane Eyre, Brontë allows her auto-biographical self, Jane, to resist her gender role and critique Victorian perceptions of women: this is shown through Jane 's bid for independence by securing a job as a governess, her quick-witted conversations with Mr. Rochester (best exemplified in their second interaction), and her flight from both Mr. Rochester and St. John. Independently-minded Jane, as a female living in the Victorian era, was expected to do as she was told, both by her superiors and society at large. She was…

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