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Independent in a Dependent EraThroughout the 1800’s, women were not on the same level as men were. They wereknown to be dependent and under a man’s control. Women who defied these standards stood outamong the crowd. One character known as Jane Eyre from Charlotte Bronte'sJane Eyreisadmired for her ability to convey a stand out independent role. Left under the horrible care of hercruel aunt and cousins, she goes to school at a young age and overcomes many obstacles untilshe meets a man whom she later falls in love with. Though he is like a master to her, she standsher own and wants to be her own individual and not under his control. Jane’s strength inJaneEyreby Charlotte Bronte is displayed through her ability to illustrate the feminist quality ofindependence throughout the era when women's rights were low.Keeping work separate from love manifests Jane’s ability to keep her feministic qualities.When becoming a governess for Mr. Rochester, she clearly states that she does not want to fallfor him. By staying true to her role as a governess, she has a feministic quality. She reiterateshow “it does good to no woman to be flattered by her superior, who cannot possibly intend tomarry her; and it is madness in all women to let a secret love kindle within them…” (Bronte136). Jane wishes to stay independent from her master and focus on herself and her job. Shewants him strictly on a business level and “...expressed the desire to have Rochester’s confidencerather than his fortune” (Sternlieb 515). The natural desire to love and feel for another humancatches up to Jane and she starts to catch feelings for her master. She does, however, successfullyrepress her feelings when she mentions,“...I had reason to congratulate myself on the course ofwholesome discipline to which I had thus forced my feelings to submit thanks to it...” (Bronte137). Jane also makes this clear “...when she writes, ‘...the reader knows I had wrought hard to
extirpate my soul to the gems of love there detected’” (Sternlieb 512). Jane fancies her master,but wants to eliminate and destroy feelings for him early on in order to be focused on her career.What makes the remarkable point that proves her independence is knowing how to separate thetwo. Jane embraces her likings for Mr.Rochester, but her wanting to keep love and businessseparate shows her feministic quality of independence as a strong woman who wants to focus onherself, and is willing to set aside feelings to continually be strong.

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