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Faith MertzMcadamsAP Literature and Composition3-28-2017A view on equalityA popular topic in conversations, on the news, and in every corner of the United States is the argument for equality. Minorities and women have been fighting for equal treatment the past couple centuries and have been oppressed for years. Jane Eyre is a Victorian novel where a woman outwardly conforms while questioning inwardly. Jane Eyre's struggle with her internal and external behavior contributes to the theme of feminism by depicting the common view on women and their role in Victorian society. This is exemplified by Jane’s passionate persona and sharp tongue, for which she was rebuked since she was a young girl. Jane also sees herself as plain and poor at a time when women were ranked on appearance and affluency, reflecting her view of self worth. Lastly, Jane proves she has self respect by refusing to marry Rochester after his marriage to Bertha Mason is revealed. It may be refuted that Jane is not a feminist, for she doesn’t free herself from the lifestyle of marriage which was considered conformity to society’s standards, but feminism covers equality in every aspect, and the purpose of marriage in the biblical sense was for man and wife to become one. If they are one, then they are ultimately