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Jane Eyre: The New Victorian Woman

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In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte,Jane Eyre, a young and ordinary girl, with a past of full of loneliness, and self loathing comes into a welcoming home with her uncle who cares for her dearly. As if Jane’s life is not supposed to be able to enjoy happiness, her dear Uncle dies. This event leaves Jane to live alone with the wife of her Uncle as they are his dying wishes towards his wife. Mrs.Reed hates Jane because her husband loves Jane more than their own children. Despite Jane’s conditions Jane finds ways to cope and handle every challenge met. Jane is only able to complete tasks like this due to her being the new woman on the inside, and slowly letting rise and boil out of her to emerge ...view middle of the document...

John commits suicide due to his mother cutting him off from the funds. Although Jane’s life may be full of cruelty there is one person in Jane’s life that is different, this woman is, Bessie Lee, the maid at Gateshead, Bessie is the only figure in Jane’s childhood who regularly treats her kindly, telling her stories and singing her songs. And whom does not throw books at the head of poor, young, innocent, Jane as John did, during this conflict a sign of Jane’s ever emerging New Woman attitude stealthily penetrates the thoughts one would have of a child that young, for Jane was only ten years old, being beat and tortured on a regular basis. Jane exults her inner feeling and a spring of New Woman breaks through frightening Mrs. Reed
“I am glad you are no relation of mine. I will never call you aunt again as long as I live. I will never come to visit you when I am grown up; and if any one asks me how I liked you, and how you treated me, I will say the very thought of you makes me sick, and that you treated me with miserable cruelty. . . . You think I have no feelings, and that I can do without one bit of love or...

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