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Jane Eyre -- theme of women's position in society - May 15th 2009, 09:34 PM

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So I need 3-4 examples in Jane Eyre of the theme "Position of Women". Have done all the other themes but more stuck on this than anything else (ironic huh).

If you've read it & studied it, do you mind helping me out? I know there must be some of you out there!

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1) When engaged to Rochester, Rochester wants to buy Jane expensive dresses and jewellery. Rochester's experience is with upper class women such as Blanche Ingram, therefore he presumes Jane to be grateful of his gifts. However Jane could not bear "being dressed like a doll", emphasising Jane's independence as she refuses to be a posession of her husband, whilst Victorian conventions presume a wife to belong to either her father or husband.


2) In the final chapter Charlotte Bronte writes "Reader, I married him". Significantly the juxtaposition of "I" before "him" is suggestive of her equal role in the marriage.


For the third and fourth point I'm kind of stuck. Ideas that I have are:
--> Governess position, contrast with Blanche Ingram, quote from Blanche Ingram
--> I have an excellent quote "Women are supposed to be very calm generally. Yet women feel just as men do". Not sure how to link it to the novel though, any ideas?


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Re: Jane Eyre -- theme of women's position in society - May 16th 2009, 02:59 PM

I found a good three examples so this can be closed now.
   
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Re: Jane Eyre -- theme of women's position in society - May 18th 2009, 05:51 PM

Closing.

Ah, the woes of Jane Eyre. We had to read that in grade eight PreAP English. What a doll.



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