In nineteenth-century fiction, the unequal power in relationships between men and women arises as a common theme. The women in many of these nineteenth-century novels are overpowered and overshadowed in their relationships with men. The men in these novels typically possess greater social and economic power than women, which in turn affects the dynamic of many relationships. In both Jane Eyreby Charlotte Bronte and The Mill on the Flossby George Eliot, the unequal power of the two parties in these relationships negatively contributes to each pair’s dynamic as a whole. Throughout the novel Jane Eyre, the unequal power causes tension and discomfort throughout much of Jane Eyre and Mr. Rochester’s relationship. Although not intentional, this unequal power negatively affects the dynamic between these two characters. Once Mr. Rochester has started to show a romantic interest in Jane, she does not feel comfortable moving forward with their relationship because Mr. Rochester does in fact possess greater social and economical power.
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