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Jane Eyre: Gender Roles

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Christine Yang

on 14 January 2014

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Transcript of Jane Eyre: Gender Roles

Jane Eyre
- Most independent women in the book

- Mrs. Reeds treatment greatly impacts Jane’s later desire for independence

- Jane’s independence causes the book to be considered radical for its time period

- Jane always wants to stay true to her values e.g. By not becoming Mr. Rochester’s mistress

- She is uncomfortable marrying Mr. Rochester because she is not his equal

Jane Eyre: Gender Roles
Oppressed Women
Domineering Men
Thesis Statement
In Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre, gender roles are defined by the independent woman, the oppressed woman and the domineering man.
Independent Women
Bertha Mason
- is a symbol of an oppressed Victorian era woman

- oppressed and controlled by Mr. Rochester

- doomed to live her life as a woman supported by a man

- her presence controls Mr. Rochester and his future decisions

Blanche Ingram/Georgina Reed
- their physical attractiveness causes them to become spoiled and reliant on others

- they are destined to live life as dependent women

Celine Varens
- many lovers; constantly dependent on men

- she was tossed aside many times

- her daughter Adele may have been doomed to the same destiny

Eliza Reed

- Does not desire a man due to her appearance

- Devotes herself to religion



- Has strong leadership skills

- She leads and teaches Jane German

- She is a role model for Jane through her independence and intellect

- Encourages Jane to refuses St. John’s proposal because she feels that Jane doesn’t have to be married

Diana Rivers
Mr. Rochester
- Does not consider women as his equal

- He is controlling

- Tries to change Jane's values

- Tries to force Jane to forgive him.
St. John Rivers
- demands Jane to marry him

- thinks he can control Jane

- forces her to love him

- his missionary work controls his decisions affecting his future

Mr. Brocklehurst
- rules the school with an iron fist

- oppresses Jane and her passion

- controls Ms. Temple and her actions
Miss Temple
- She is a role model for Jane

- She teaches Jane to be independent

- Secretly goes against Mr. Brocklehurst

Jane Eyre: Gender Roles
By: Jesstina Best
and Christine Yang
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