Assignment 2-Introduction to Written Texts

Topics: Sociology, Jane Eyre, Society Pages: 7 (2200 words) Published: July 23, 2013


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Assignment 2: Essay 1

Topic 3- Do you see a conflict between Jane and the 19th Century female wanting social equality, but at the same time needing to remain socially acceptable? Do you think this might also apply to the author in her writing of the novel?

There is a conflict between Jane and the nineteenth century female wanting social equality, but at the same time needing to remain socially acceptable. In this essay I will also look at the contra-view to the question to understand that there can also be no conflict with Jane's quest in that era. Charlotte Bronte's female protagonist Jane, in her novel Jane Eyre published in 1847, explores the life of a simple governess, who has gone through life difficulties to discover herself and to become acceptable by society. It is evident that Bronte created the character of Jane based on her own experiences growing up. Therefore, it is clear that Bronte was experiencing struggles with social equality as well as remaining socially acceptable herself. I will use the themes of feminism and individuality to define social hierarchy and to explain my position. To defend and support these themes, I will use the set readings and Mary Klages' book Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed to explain the nineteenth century discourses and ideologies.

To understand the nineteenth century, it was a period when human thinking and behaviour had some reflection of the medieval ages where certain...

References: • Brody, M 1983, ‘Mary Wollstonecraft: Sexuality and Women’s Rights (1759–1797)’, in D Spender (ed.), Feminist Theorists: Three Centuries of Women’s Intellectual Traditions, The Women’s Press, London, pp. 40–47.
• Brooker, P & Widdowson, P 1996, Charlotte Bronte: Jane Eyre. A Practical Reader in Contemporary Literary Theory, Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf, Hertfordshire, pp. 107–131.
• Gilbert, S & Gubar, S 1979, ‘A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane’s Progress’, in The Madwoman in the Attic. Yale University Press, New Haven and London, pp. 336–371.
• Bronte, C 1847, Jane Eyre: An Autobiography, Smith, Elder and Company Publishers, London, England.
• Klages, M 2006, A Literary Guide for the Perplexed, Continuum, London; New York. Leavis, FR 1948, The Great Tradition, Penguin, Middlesex, United Kingdom.
• Robson, M, ‘Case studies in Reading III: From Texts to Theory’, in S Longstaffe (ed.), The Shakespeare Handbook, Continuum Press, London, pp. 93–103.
• Simms, M & Conway-Herron, J 2013, Study Guide: Community Education, Southern Cross University, Lismore, NSW.
• Tackett, T 2000, ‘Age of Enlightenment’, Encarta Online Encyclopaedia, viewed 6 August 2001,
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