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Anul II, Grupa 2, Romana-Engleza Seminar: As.dr Eliana Ionoaia.

The atypical woman in Victorian era

The novel in the Victorian era has seen the most glorious period in the history of
English literature. The most important feature of the Victorian novel is it’s realistic
subjects because the readers were actually interested in a story in which they could
have been the main heroes. Looking at the characters, they are presented throughout
life, from chilhood to maturity and their character changes and evolves during the
action of the book.
‘Jane Eyre’ was published in 1847 under the masculine pseudonym of ‘Currer
Bell’ and, after the novel’s real success, Bronte revealed her true identity to her
publisher, making her one of the greatest feminine novelist from that time.
After the novel’s publication, a new type of woman was embraced, who was
independent, strong, intelligent and firm in the sense of marriage and opinions. The
main character, Jane Eyre, shows in a clear view that women are capable of being
passionate and equals with men in a complete and happy marriage, shooking the
traditional conventions in Victorian England where the passion, sensuality and
personal interests for women were denied.
Written in first-person from the point of view of Jane, the novels follows the
modest and common, but intelligent Jane in her process as an individual from her
traumatic childhood. The novel focuses several plans that ilustrates the most
important aspects in Jane Eyre’s life: her childhood among unkindness relatives, her
time as a student at Lowood School, her period as a governess at Thornfield Manor,
her time spent with her cousins at Marsh’End and, finally, her return to Thornfield
Manor and the marriage with Mr. Rochester.
Throughout the novel, Jane faces a lot of challenges caused by the opposition of
her opinions and the Victorian era’s ideas of feminine behavior. This thing begins
when Jane was a little girl and lived with her aunt, Mrs. Reed, when she had the
courage to confront her and the consequence was the sending to Lowood School, a
behavioral school, very strict and reserved.
After 8 years in boarding school, Jane chooses a new challenge at Thornfield
House, as a governess to the little frenchgirl, Adele. There she finds for the first time
in her life a home, a place where she had a good time in the company of Mrs. Fairfax,
the elderly housekeeper and of Adele,the little girl who became to adore her. There,
she falls in love for the first time too with the master of the house, the enigmatic Mr.
Rochester. Although Rochester is not handsome in the traditional sense, he is also
much older than her, Jane feels an immediate attraction to him based on their
intellectual communion and their strong beliefs. Mr. Rochester represents the ideal
hero of Victorian times: middleaged, proud, apparently rough, but with a good and
generous heart, with a strong personality, sometimes distant and cold and sometimes
affective and romantic. He seems harsh, but actually looking for kindness and love.
On the other side, Jane Eyre is not the traditional woman at that time because she
was not a very beautiful girl, but an ordinary, faded girl. In fact, her character was
equal to the male character in emotional strength and maturity, opposed to the
Victorians beliefs that women were not capable of strong emotions.A good example
that ilustrates this idea is Jane’s first explosion of emotions when she revolted against
John Reed, his cousin, a horrible and inappropriate deed.

us/victorian-era/influential-authors/the- bronte-sisters/biography/jane-eyre-analysis/literary-anlysis-of-jane-eyre  http://www. By finding out the horrible truth. plays piano and paints extraordinary.” . required to women in that time.com/2012/12/15/jane-eyre-the-portrayal-of- women-in-victorian-age/  https://www. Jane dares to speak freely and tells Rochester that she has to leave him because she doesn’t want to live a life as a mistress: “Mr. we see a contrast between the strong. passionate. Despite all the disabilities that he has after the terrible fire. Jane wants happiness based on personal values on truth and mutual respect between husband and wife. almost a creature-like. Jane returns to her lover.org/victorian/authors/bronte/cbronte/nj1. Bertha is regarded like a monster and is described with “black eyebrows widely raised over bloodshot eyes” and with “a demonic laugh”. capable of expressing loudly her emotions and thoughts and fighting for her rights.com/a/cheshire. Rochester. Jane is one of the first heroines of universal literature that wants to escape from a homely and insipid life.victorianweb.uk/romantics-and-victorians/articles/jane-eyre-and-the-19th- century-woman  https://sites. who died in the fire and Rochester lost his eyesight and one of his hands in the fire. I must leave you. Bibliography:  https://readmycanvas. Rochester’marriage with an insane wife. she speaks several languages.html . Another interesting thing about the novel is finding the truth about Mr. At the end of many challenges. ‘Jane Eyre’ gives us an unconventional portrayal of women in the Victorian Era. who lived in the Thornfield House for many years under the guard of Grace Poole. impressing on Rochester. including French.ct. In fact. Besides her profesion like teacher. Bertha is presented as being wild.k12.where Jane is delicate and brave.google. ilustrating a female character that is strong. Jane chooses to marry him and to stay by him to eternity. self-controlled and calm figure of Jane and the animalistic and primitive qualities of Bertha.wordpress.bl. Bertha Mason. Looking at the two women from Rochester’s life. Another difference is that Jane suppresses her passions where as Bertha is violent and overly passionate. She discovers that the Thornfield House has been burned by Bertha. Bertha brought to Rochester only unhappines and difficulties and also represented a threat to him by her acts such as setting his bed on fire while he was sleeping and burning down the house at the end of the book. In conclusion.