Comparing The Role Of Women In Emma And Jane Eyre

1561 words - 6 pages

      Throughout history women have played important roles in society.

Women have gone through much adversity to get where they are today.  Jane

Austen and Charlotte Brontë are some the pioneers of women's literature.

Each shows their different aspects of a women's role in society in their

books Emma by Austen and Jane Eyre by Brontë.  In both of these books the

author shows how a woman deals with societies' norms, values, and manners.


      Jane Eyre is an orphaned daughter of a poor family.  She is brought

up by her aunt Sarah Reed.  Where she is teased and tortured by the aunt

and the family.  She is not very pretty and is barely on the social

structure. On the other hand Emma Woodhouse is a beautiful girl and is

financially sound.  She is raised by her maternal father.


      In Emma, Emma Woodhouse is in search of finding the appropriate man

for herself is the main theme.  As the reader goes deeper into the text

Emma slowly progresses into a self-deception.  Having since childhood been

obliged to manage her father, she still likes to manage things,  and

particularly people.  She manages to manipulate everyone except Mr. George



      In Jane Eyre, Jane demonstrates a strong need to be herself, to

take responsibility for her action.  She is put to the test by her daily

teasing and abuse from her cousins. When she is brought to a boarding

school she soon distinguishes herself through her classes.  Eventually ends

up in Thornfield where she meets Edward Rochester.


      While growing up in Gateshead Hall, Jane is treated less than a

servant.  Her cousins John, Eliza, and Georgiana Reed remind Jane she has

no worth and is an unwelcome relative.  Out of the three cousins John was

one of the meanest, not only of Jane Eyre but of all living creatures.


"John, no one thwarted, much less punished:  though he twisted the necks of

the pigeons, killed the little pea-chicks, set the dogs at the sheep,

stripped the hothouse vines of their fruit, and broke the buds of the

choicest plants in the conservatory:"(pg.9)


Jane becoming unable to withstand her treatment at Gateshead Hall she is

sent to Lowood, a boarding school for the poor.  Before she leaves

Gateshead she tells her aunt how she feels.


" 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 expect

John Reed; and this book about the liar, you may give to you girl Georgiana,

for it is she who tells lies, and not I."(pg.31)


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