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Jane eyre the feminist

Jane Eyre, The Feminist Tract In 1837 critic Robert Southey wrote
to Charlotte Bronte,”Literature cannot be the business of a woman’s
life, and itought not to be.The more she is engaged in her proper
duties,the less leisure will she have for it, even as an accomplishment
and a recreation,” (Gaskell 102).This opinion was not held byonly one
person, but by many.Indeed, it is this attitude, onethat debases women
and their abilities, to which Charlotte Bronteresponds with Jane Eyre.
The purpose of Jane Eyre, not only thenovel, but also the character
herself as a cultural heroine, isto transform a primeval society, one
which devalues women andtheir contributions, into a nobler order of
civilization(Craig57).The effectiveness of Bronte’s argument is due
to both hermotivation and approach.Bronte found her motivation from
theexperiences she had undergone while living in the Victorian era.
Her approach in advocating social reform is to establish Jane asa model
for readers.Readers are meant to examine Jane’s life,especially the
manner in which she handles problems orconfrontations in her
relationships, and to follow her example intheir own lives.Just as we
see Jane as a model of a womansuccessful in asserting her self-worth, we
are also given awarning about the possible outcome of failure to realize
self-worth in Bertha Rochester.This facet will also be discussed
briefly.Bronte uses the motivation of personal experiences tocreate
the life of Jane Eyre in which we see the quest for socialbetterment
through her relationships. Bronte herself experienced the social
limitations of thenineteenth century.At this time “respectable women
had fewoptions in life beyond marriage, education of children, and
domestic service,” (Magill 747).She ventured to explore her own
literary abilities and wrote Jane Eyre, a novel …