Self Growth And Empowerment In Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre

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In Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre, the reader follows Jane’s journey of self-growth and empowerment. Although orphaned and abused as a young child, Jane overcomes the obstacles placed on her and is educated at Lowood, a charity school for girls. Through her life experiences, she gains wisdom and a strong moral compass. She observes the world around her and sees the difference between the quality of life for men and women, as well as the way men treat women as inferior to their sex. Jane Eyre recognizes the inequality that women face in her society and fights for acceptance and independence. Jane refuses to be tied down to a loveless marriage like other women, desires to be able to fully express herself and only finds true happiness once she and Rochester have a balance of power and she can have independence.
Jane gains a strong moral compass from her female role models like Miss Temple and Helen by learning to resemble them. Before attending Lowood, Jane does not have a good role model to follow,
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She knows her character very well and she knows that she wants to accomplished, but she finds it harder to be able to express herself and achieve her goals because as a woman, she is not taken seriously. Bronte writes, “Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts, as much as their brothers do … It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex,” (Brontë, 115). Jane explains that “women feel just as men feel,” but her society does not believe that men and women are the same and instead thinks that “women are supposed to be very calm generally.” Jane disagrees with this because she feels strong emotions like anger and jealousy throughout the

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