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Empowerment of Women in Jane Eyre

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Elisabeth Gagnon

on 14 January 2015

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Transcript of Empowerment of Women in Jane Eyre

Strong Work Ethic
Jane always made sure
she worked hard and
had a stable job so she wouldn't need to rely
on anybody else for
Stand Up
Successful women in this novel are capable of standing up for themselves, and conducting their own opinions, even to other male figures.
Intelligence and Talent
Women are displayed as both intelligent & talented characters, and this all leads to the empowerment of females in general.
By : Antony, Giulia, Elisabeth, and Michael
The Empowerment of Women

Battle of the Sexes
Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer too rigid a restraint, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex. (Bronte 115)
"Miss Temple got up, took her hand and examined her pulse; then she turned to her own seat; as she resumed it, I heard her sigh low" (Bronte 73).
"My maker and yours, who will never destroy what He created. I rely implicitly on His power, and confide wholly in His goodness: I count the hours till that eventful one arrives which shall restore me to Him, reveal Him to me" (Bronte 84).
"I will be your neighbour, your nurse, your housekeeper. I find you lonely: I will be your companion-to read to you, to walk with you, to sit with you, to wait on you, to be eyes and hands to you. Cease to look so melancholy, my dear master; you shall not be left desolate, so long as I live" (Bronte 473).
Jane Eyre: A humble woman who stops at nothing to please others
Miss Temple: A loving school teacher who puts her students first
Helen Burns: A faithful girl who spends a dreary life devoted to God
talented and intelligent
strong work ethic
stand up for their beliefs
Women are...
divide yourselves into two groups
one males and one females
we will ask for an example of a character trait shown in the book
the boys have to give an example of a man in the book doing this
the girls have to give an example of a woman in the book doing this
best answer wins a point
talented and intelligent
strong work ethic

Jane started working hard as a teacher when she finished her education at Lowood.
She became a governess to a young girl named Adele and even when she could rely on Rochester to help her with money, she still insisted on being a governess and making her own income.
Jane felt uncomfortable when Rochester showered her with gifts.
In Jane Eyre, women who worked hard to make their own money are more successful and are seen as more beautiful, compared to women who got their money from marriage.
Bessie Lee always worked hard and showed kindness to Jane when no one else would.
Bessie was not shown kindness at all times but she still showed kindness to Jane when she needed it.
Bessie is a perfect example of how hard work pays off.
Bessie marries a man and has three beautiful children.
"Glad was I to get him out of the silk warehouse, and then out of a jewellers shop: the more he bought me, the more my cheek burned with a sense of annoyance and degradation"
Diana and Mary Rivers were willing to leave their families in order for them to get a job and provide for them selves.
When Jane is recovering from her time in the red room Bessie works hard to show her great kindness and make her feel comfortable.
The Rivers sisters were leaders and they knew that if they didn't leave home to pursue they careers and earn their own income they would have to be dependent on others for their money knowing their family situation.
This empowers women, because in this time, women were not usually the ones to have a job and provide for themselves. These characters showed readers that women can work hard and provide for them selves.
Jane Eyre
Even at a young age, Jane knows the way John treats her is wrong, as she says "'Wicked and cruel boy!' I said, 'You are like a murderer — you are like a slave-driver — you are like the Roman Emperor." (Bronte 5)
Miss Temple
Miss Temple
Upon Mr. Brocklehurst's visit to Lowood and his complaints about two fresh skirts in a week, Miss Temple does the unspeakable (at the time) she speaks up to her male employer as she says, "I think I can explain that circumstance, sir." (Bronte 62) She is a role model for all the students at Lowood, and all the female readers of this novel.
Diana Rivers is an independent character as she stand behind Jane in her decision not to marry John. Being John's sister, Diana stereotypically should have respected his opinion over Jane's, but Diana breaks the stereotypes and sides with her cousin.
Diana Rivers
Jane Eyre was both intelligent and talented because of her art skills and her ability to educate others
"They Both seemed to be surprised at my skill" (Bronte 248)
Miss Temple is a very intelligent character because she acts as a role model to her students and teaches them better than any other teacher.
"good and clever" and "above the rest because she knows far more than they do" (Bronte 50)
Helen was great academically, and also very religiously intelligent.
“Love your enemies; bless those who curse you; do good to them that hate you and despitefully use you” (Bronte 58)
Miss Temple is
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