Jane Erye: A Woman Of Independent Means

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"Jane Eyre....a Woman of Independent Means" Charlotte Brontes, Jane Eyre is a novel which employs many themes. Of them all, Jane the main character, displays a strong character trait of being an independent woman. For example, Jane has an ability to survive in life as a woman with little education and no family. Living with a distant family who shows disrespect and hatred for Jane, she is isolated into a world of her own. She receives little education, but many experiences at her first school Lowood and eventually goes on to become a governess. Also, as a wife in the 1800's most women were the ones being taken car of. However, Jane was the one taking care of her handicapped husband, Mr.Rochester. It is childhood where Jane is first on her own in life. Jane was an orphan being taken care of by her mothers brother, Mr. Reed, and his not so loving family. After the death of Mr. Reed, Janes life begins to slowly worsen for her. Life at Gateshed, the Reeds' estate, is hard for Jane. Her three step-cousins and aunt show disrespect and hatred towards her.Because the three cousins, John, Eliza, and Georgiana constantly harass Jane. At times, she is so distraught from her cousins' actions that she isolates herself from them from them, trying to build an imaginary wall between her and her so-called family. "It is well I drew the curtain," thought I; and wished fervently he might not discover my hiding place...," Jane said to herself.(Bronte 8) Jane is forced to survive on her own in life. With little education as a young child, she has many experiences at her first and only school, Lowood, which help her to mature and obtain skills to enter the world as a young independent woman. For one, she learns to love and receives love from two people in particular who she becomes close with, Helen Burns and Miss Temple. This love, which Jane never received in the Reed home was a necessity which helps Janes to reach her independence as a person. "Her need for love is compounded with a female sense...

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