When one thinks of a Mother, be it their own or another, one would usually describe them as caring, affectionate, protective; however, with her mother having died when she was a young age of five, Charlotte Brontë never had the chance to understand how essential those traits were to a child and grew up under the care and teachings of her father; which was what helped lead to her strong and virtuous independence: the lack of a mother's love and guide....
Listen to that firebrand go! As you may have guessed, Jane, being the narrator of the whole book, is the one speaking here. That fact, which gets readers to know her deepest thoughts throughout the book, was a pretty incredible thing in Charlotte Brontë's day, so far as feminist reading goes. It wasn't all that often that female characters got to have a voice of their own.
Aspects of the novel that are considered feminist in the context of Victorianism Patriarchy: A society dominated by men trying to assert their superiority.
In Jane Eyre this is clear.
In both Great Expectations by Charles Dickens and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte the corrupting nature of monetary wealth is displayed through the lives of multiple characters.
you must watch her: keep your eyes on her movements, weigh well her
words, scrutinise her actions, punish her body to save her soul:
if, indeed, such salvation be possible, for (my tongue falters while
I tell it) this girl, this child, the native of a Christian land,
worse than many a little heathen who says its prayers to Brahma and
kneels before Juggernaut--this girl is--a liar!"
(chapter 7) John Reed "You have no business to take our books; you are a dependant, mamma says; you have no money; your father left you none; you ought to beg, and not to live here with gentlemen's children like us, and eat the same meals we do, and wear clothes at our mamma's expence" (Jane Eyre, 16) Thank you for listening
In this case, Charlotte Brontë alluded to Scott’s work at appropriate moments in the novel, both because of similarities in the plots at those moments, but also, more importantly, because of the theme of The Lay of the Last Minstrel....
Not only is "Jane Eyre" a novel about one woman's journey through life, but Brontë also conveys to the reader the social injustices of the period, such as poverty, lack of universal education and sexual inequality....
Thus, Jane Eyre is an epitome of femininity - a young independent individual steadfast in her morals and has strong Christian virtues, dominant, assertive and principled....
Not only was it almost unheard of for a readable novel to be written by a woman, but the views and opinions expressed by the character of Jane Eyre were unthinkable and before their time.
Quakerism would have been known in the Yorkshire moors where Charlotte Bronte grew up and near where Jane Eyre lived, especially since that is where the religion began (Moglen 19; Barbour and Frost 27).
Students can compare the works of Charlotte and Emily Brontë or Jane Austen with, for example, Hardy's or D. H. Lawrence's or .
Rather than reading Bertha as a unique character in her own right, Gilbert and Gubar read her as Jane's "truest and darkest double." For them, she represents all of Jane's repressed "hunger, rebellion, and rage," and, by the same token, she represents Charlotte Brontë's "imprisoned" passions too. So by having an insane counterpart, Jane gets to surpass all those dark feelings and end up happily ever after—as much as any lady could be in the 19th century, anyway.
As if that wasn't enough feel-good feminist fare, Gilbert and Gubar make one other really big, important, future-criticism-changing argument about Jane Eyre: they say that the biggest tension in the novel isn't the tension between Jane and Ed, but the tension between Jane and Bertha instead.
In the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, Jane shows self-confidence throughout the novel, by possessing a sense of self-worth, dignity, and a trust in God....