Jane Eyre: Feminism

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In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, Charlotte often writes about her views on society using Jane. One of the views she often writes about is the role of women in the society. One example of Bronte’s views on women’s role in society can be seen in the beginning of chapter twelve when Jane says that “women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel […]. 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” (Bronte 93). When Jane says this, she is expressing her feelings on feminism. She is saying that women should be viewed as more important people, and that they should be encouraged to do or learn more, not laughed at. This view comes from Charlotte Bronte, who writes several different comments about female equality. This book was written in the mid-nineteenth century, so the role of women in society was fairly low. They weren’t expected to do too much other than “making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing the piano and embroidering bags” (Bronte 93). Charlotte Bronte obviously feels strongly as far as women having a more important role in society. It is interesting to see how the society that Bronte hoped for would come true later in the future. The role of women has greatly changed since Charlotte Bronte wrote her story. If she had been alive in our society today, she would continue to fight for more equality for women, just as she did in her time.
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