Jane Eyre Jane Eyre's Triumph Over Oppression: Charlotte Bronte's Example for Women Charlotte Bronte, in her novel, Jane Eyre, establishes us with a first-hand account of a women's triumph over hardships. Jain was born orphaned, poor, and grew up in an un-loving home. To add insult to injury, she was a woman in Victorian society; a subordinate position to begin with. Throughout the novel, Jane faces many hardships that truly tested her spirit and integrity. She refused to have her life determined for her, and stayed strong through adversity.
By giving us the character of Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte gives us a medium in which to feel the suffering and powerlessness of Jane's situations. The first-person narration helps the reader relate more closely to the situation, and the triumph of Jane's character through her adversities is an example for women to live their lives by. When Jane is only ten years old, we are shown a glimpse of her strength of character. Facing much resentment and evil in the Reed house, Jane cannot be degraded much longer, at least without saying something about it, and confronts Mrs. Reed: "I am not deceitful: if I were, I should say I loved you; but I declare I do not love you: I dislike you the worst of anybody in the world except John Reed: and this book about the liar, you may give to your girl Georgiana, for it is she who tells lies, and not I (p. 45)". Further portraying Jane's passion and toughness is what she thought right before standing up for herself. Speak I must: I had been trodden on severely, and must turn: but how What strength had I to dart retaliation at my antagonist I gathered my energies and launched them in this blunt sentence: -... (p. 45) This is a huge turning point in Jane's life; one that greatly affects her for the rest of her life.
After continuing her retaliation at Mrs. Reed, Jane feels over-powered. "Er I had finished this reply, my soul began to expand, to exult, with the strangest sense of freedom, of triumph, I ever felt". (p. 46) This gives Jane a sense of confidence in herself to go out in the world and be what she wants to be. She directly addressed a fear, stood up for herself, and, in the process, gained the strength and fortitude she would need to face her upcoming hardships. Jane grows up with a natural questioning of authority and an independent, un-coercive mind. She was not going to lay down for just anyone, and was always aware of the oppression she was suffering, and where it was coming from. When Helen tells Jane to be less impulsive and just to obey the rules of her school and...
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