Block C, English 1
27 April 2015
Was Jane Eyre a good Role Model?
In Charlotte Brontë's classic novel
, the story's protagonist, Jane Eyre,
associates being beautiful with being loved. To her dismay, she was not beautiful, in fact, Jane was so plain that she believed no one could ever love her. But, what Jane didn't realize was that she had a magnificent personality that not even Blanche Ingram's looks could compete with, showing young girls today that society’s idea of beauty should not get in the way of one's aspirations.
In Chapter 1, Jane's cousin, John Reed, catches her reading one of his books. He reprimands her by reminding her that she is a lower class than he and has no right to depend on the Reed family. Then, he throws a book at her head, causing little Jane to fall over and bleed. Outraged, Jane responds, "Wicked and cruel boy! You are like a murderer – you are like a slavedriver – you are like the Roman emperors!" (23) A "proper lady" of the Victorian era would never reply in such a way, or at all for that matter. Jane, however, was not afraid to break the rules. Another example of Jane infringing the typical manner of a lady takes place in chapter 23. Mr. Rochester is prepared to marry Blanche, but Jane confesses her love for him, saying, "Do you think I can stay to become nothing to you? Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop
of living water dashed from my cup?" (257) Jane was not supposed to speak or feel this way towards her boss. But to her surprise, Mr. Rochester proposes to her and they marry. Jane knew she was not, nor ever would be, deemed as beautiful. However, she didn't let that get in her way. Jane broke the rules and restrictions that society made for her. A lady could ...
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