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Victorian v Modern

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Aimee Munoz

on 6 December 2017

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Transcript of Victorian v Modern

Victorian v Modern
Gender Roles

‘Listen, then, Jane Eyre, to your sentence: tomorrow, place the glass before you, and draw in
chalk your own picture, faithfully, without softening one defect; omit no harsh line, smooth
away no displeasing irregularity; write under it, ‘Portrait of a Governess, disconnected, poor,
and plain.’
Married in own class
“My father had been a poor clergyman; that my mother had married him against the wishes of
her friends, who considered the match beneath her; that my grandfather Reed was so irritated
at her disobedience, he cut her off without a shilling.”
No undergarments
“They were uniformly dressed in brown stuff frocks of quaint fashion, and long holland
Males had more freedom
Women were to be like the Queen
They were all three of the loftiest stature of women. The Dowager might be between forty and
fifty: her shape was still fine; her hair (by candle-light at least) still black; her teeth, too, were
still apparently perfect. Most people would have termed her a splendid woman of her age: and
so she was, no doubt, physically speaking;
Poor seen as heartless
‘You have lived the life of a nun: no doubt you are well drilled in religious forms;—Brocklehurst,
who I understand directs Lowood, is a parson, is he not?’
‘Yes, sir.’
‘And you girls probably worshipped him, as a convent full of religieuses would worship their
Men are superior
Women should have kids
Masculinity and Femininity
Women have rights
Women can have jobs
Social class doesn't affect
Bronte's Quotation:
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 from 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 is saying gender roles are stupid. Women are supposed to live secluded private lives (prison). This includes not expressing emotions although they were seen as emotional.
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