Jane Eyre was written in 1816 and around that time instead of asserting their

Jane eyre was written in 1816 and around that time

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Jane Eyre was written in 1816, and around that time, instead of asserting their position and standing up for their rights, women have been known to shy away from controversy. This passive trait, which is considered to be inherent in women, has been adopted as a mode of survival. Of all the women portrayed in Bronte’s novel, Jane Eyre has the most self-respect and thirst for justice; yet, even she does not consider herself worthy of marrying Rochester. From childhood, Jane is berated by constant reminders of her lowliness and unworthiness. At Lowood, Brocklehurt sets up the curriculum and rules of his institution to remind the girls that they ought to be humble and simple creatures. It is intimated that young girls are easily impressed by the lusts of society: “…you may indeed feed their vile bodies, but you little think how you starve their immortal souls” (Bronte 46). Through this quote, Brocklehurst warns that feeding the girls a replacement meal because it was originally cooked incorrectly is a quick but destructive remedy. Young girls should not become accustomed to being pampered. They should live modestly, without any temptations of becoming indulgent; in the long run it will ensure their acceptance into heaven. Women are degraded when they are accused of being frivolous and incapable of denying temptation; it makes them think that they have to earn a man’s devotion by sacrificing their own happiness. It is with this notion that Jane falls victim to hypocrisy: “Jane needs others, not in order to complete herself, not in order to know herself, but in order to recreate herself”
Cristea (Phillips 12). Jane prides herself on being independent in thought; however, she thrives on others around her to tell her who to be. While residing with St. John Rivers, Jane allows his influence to stifle her voice as he thrusts his self-sacrificing principles on her. Women have been conditioned to believe that it is in their nature to please their men by any means necessary. They lose a sense of themselves and transform into who they ought to be. Once women approach a situation believing they are inferior, it becomes easy for their male opponents to subconsciously manipulate the situation. Women are seen infamously as charmers- using their allure to stupefy and triumph over men. They may experience a lowering of status due to the unnecessary lack of trust of their character. Rochester concludes that women are feigning individuals attracted by the pleasures that life has to offer. Rochester’s encounters with Cecile and Blanche support the reputation that women have of using seduction to get what they want. Their reproachable intentions have led Rochester to his inference that women are flippant and superficial. When speaking of his

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