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Jane, it is essentially what will happen. This is supportive of the argument that women have beenoppressed into believing they are second-rate. Rochester does not wish to live with inferiors, yethe repeatedly finds a fault in each of his women: Bertha is crazy; Cecile was deceitful; hismistresses were not to his taste. The question no longer is a woman’s position and honor, butrather Rochester’s obsession to search for something wrong with them (Phillips 2). Rochestermay notice that Jane is of a different, humbler nature, but he maintains a divide between theirstatuses to confirm his superiority. He repeatedly refers to Jane as a plain, small creature,belittling her while cloaking it as an attempt at romance: “You- you strange, you almostunearthly thing!- I love as my own flesh. You- poor obscure, and small and plain as you are…”(Bronte 195). Jane is criticized on her physically mediocre size and plainness while the otherwomen are suspected of being handsome and elegant yet ugly in the soul. With a man’spredetermined mindset and opinion of women, women can never triumph and escape thebranding of inferiority. Inferiority is integrated into Jane’s character and she finds it extremely difficult to losethis feeling and consider herself an equal with the men around her. Throughout her early life,Jane is reminded that she is poor and has no worth- she must work for her aunt and cousins toearn her stay in the house. Even at Lowood, personal happiness was something that was stifled asa means of keeping the girls modest. Jane recognizes that “it is narrow-minded in their[women’s] more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves” tolesser tasks, but she also realizes that escaping this stigma is easier said than done ( Bronte 84).Even after Jane becomes wealthy at the end of the novel, she still does not consider herself anequal to Rochester, disproving wealth as the sole component of inequality. Jane is determined to
Cristea 4visit Thornfield to check on Rochester’s affairs, but has no intentions of asserting her equalityand becoming his wife. By Rochester’s loss of sight and right hand, Rochester and Jane areessentially put on the same playing field. The tables have turned and Rochester is now a