Essay on The Sacred Nature Of Womanhood

1276 Words Oct 9th, 2016 6 Pages
The sacred nature of womanhood is one that is deeply saturated with biblical, canonical, and cultural implications; the value of an individual woman during the Victorian Era was not determined so much by individual qualities, but rather piety and ability to fall gracefully into her determined social station. Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre has been examined by literary critics ad nauseam for its feminist qualities, racial implications, and social commentary. Moreover, when considering Jane Eyre, readers instantly consider how the prevalence of religion interacts with the text’s potential feminist qualities, racial implications, and social commentary. Jane Eyre is a text that, through the life of strange, intelligent Jane Eyre, examines religion as a dynamic concept; Jane comes into contact with a diverse assortment of--mostly female--characters who hold differing standpoints on religion. By employing the narrative device of static characterization, Bronte produces female characters who serve a critical role in developing the dynamic concept of religion throughout the text. When considering Jane Eyre’s parallels with feminist literature, it is essential to analyze the static female characters; by examining how religious fascination or indifference influences characterization, the text’s religious themes are developed to address the critical thematic relationships between gender and piety in the Victorian Era. In order to most effectively address the connection between femininity…

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