Essay on Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

1080 Words Dec 15th, 2016 5 Pages
Women in Victorian England desired to fit the standards of beauty enough that they would drink vinegar, eat chalk, and apply an arsenic based medication to give them a translucent skin tone fit for society. Standards for the ideal woman included a beautiful physical appearance, a certain level of knowledge and a high level of obedience. The expectations of an ideal woman create an impenetrable mold that women cannot break from, causing them to take drastic actions. Jane Eyre fights these standards by defying all of the expectations and still maintaining a decent lifestyle. Through this essay, I will examine the preset standards for the ideal woman through physical appearance, obedience and knowledge set forth in Victorian England, and the contradictions and inspiration created by Charlotte Bronte’s fictional character, Jane Eyre. Victorian society valued specific standards of beauty for women. A woman considered attractive thrived in Victorian society compared to a woman who lacked the beauty requirements. Their standards for women require a “need for symmetry” (Romm, 3), within the face, showing proportionate features both in face and body type. Although within the sea of beautiful women expected, “an occasional irregularity makes us better appreciate symmetry” (Romm, 3) as a whole society. Women with plain features such as a poorly constructed face, sallow complexion, or physical shortcomings in general also make them much less attractive to society. Jane Eyre fits most…

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