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Jane’s passionate side reveals that Brontë believed no one deserved to be put down because of their class. There are also some outburst where Jane overcomes her gender role. One of these being when Rochester asks Jane to be his mistress. Jane is furious at the question and responds “ I will not be yours” (Brontë 341). This is a challenge to the gender role of the time because a woman is disagreeing with what a man wants, and is going off on her own. Jane uses her passion
O’Keefe 3 to not only repudiate social roles, but also gender roles. Jane gains a lot of power throughout the book, which was not common for a lower class woman. Brontë makes Jane strong and smart, which will help her overcome the social norms. The relationship that Jane and Rochester share symbolizes the presence of power struggle. Due to her class and gender, Jane had to work harder for the passion she eventually earns. Brontë makes this evident to us through their first meeting and then carries it throughout the rest of the book. When they first meet we can see that Rochester is looking up at Jane, in need of help, when he “rises first to his knees, and then to his feet” (Brontë 118). The lower class is seen as looking up to the upper class, but in this case we see Brontë exchange the roles of this expectation by having Rochester needing help. Throughout the relationship there is a constant change in power. This is not common because it is expected during this time that the men always were in charge. Jane finds an obstacle in the fact that she is not wealthy, and she feels that she cannot bring anything into the relationship. This all changes when Jane “is now rich” (Brontë 414), due to an inheritance from her uncle. This gain of money is not only beneficial to her external power, but also her internal. She now feels meritorious enough to enter into this relationship with Rochester because she will not be depending on him. This not only changes the

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