Women of the Victorian era were repressed, and had little if any social stature. They had a very few rights and fewer options open to them for self-support. For most women the only way to live decently was to get married, and in many cases it was not up to the women to choose whom she married. It was almost unheard of for a woman to marry out of her social class (Cain 20). If a woman did not marry, the only ways she could make a living other than becoming a servant was either to become a prostitute or a governess. For the most part, a woman was not given the opportunity to go to school and earn a degree unless she was born into a high social class. The average Victorian woman was treated not as a person, but as an object or piece of property. She had very few rights either in society, or marriage (Cain, 25). Bronte, born into a middle class family, refused to be repressed by society. She recognized the injustices of her society, and in rebellion against society's ideologies involving women, wrote Jane Eyre.
Bronte's feminist ideas radiate throughout the novel. There are many strong and clear examples of these ideas in Bronte's protagonist, Jane, her personality, actions, thoughts, and beliefs. From the beginning of the book, Jane's strong personality is quite clear. She often gets in trouble, arguing with... [continues]
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