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Place Jane in this Century. Would she be a feminist? Create a conversation between Jane and a strong woman figure of our time QUESTION 19
The literal meaning of this topic is compared to women in modern times would Jane Eyre be considered a feminist? And How would strong woman view Jane? LITERALLY
Through the entire work, Jane is clearly opposed to injustice and discrimination based upon class or gender. This would make her a strong candidate to be a modern day feminist. HOW DOES THIS PROMPT RELATE TO THE NOVEL?
“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.” (page 302) This quote reveals Jane’s feminist spirit. She lives by a set of principles and she refuses to compromise them. She values her self respect more than Rochester’s or her own happiness. Her value of self respect ties into the feminist concepts FROM THE TEXT
“I hold myself supremely blest— blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband’s life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward’s society he knows none of mine” (page 431) FROM THE TEXT Jane expresses her complete contentedness and absolute bliss in her relationship with Rochester. The parallel structure in this passage emphasizes the equality between Jane and Rochester. The equality in their relationship facilitates Jane’s happiness which confirms Jane’s feminist position of equality.
“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 kindness; but I cannot live so: and you have no pity. I shall remember how you thrust me back-- into the red-room.... And that punishment you made me suffer because your wicked boy struck me—knocked me down for nothing. I will tell anybody who asks me questions this exact tale.” (Bronte 30) SIGNIFICANT MOMENT AT GATESHEAD
This moment when Jane stands up to Sarah Reed has significance to the novel as a whole because it is the first time that Jane is seen opposing forces that she sees as unjust. It establishes her character for the rest of the novel as a person that won’t stand to be mistreated, no matter the consequences. SIGNIFICANCE
“Would you not be happier if you tried to forget her severity, together with the passionate emotions it excited? Life appears to me too short to be spent in nursing animosity or registering wrongs. We are, and must be, one and all, burdened with faults in this world: but the time will soon come when, I trust, we shall put them off in putting off our corruptible bodies; when debasement and sin will fall from us with this cumbrous frame of flesh, and only the spark of the spirit will remain,--the impalpable principle of light and thought, pure as when it left the Creator to inspire the creature: whence it came it will return; perhaps again to be communicated to some being higher than man-- perhaps to pass through gradations of glory, from the pale human soul to brighten to the seraph!” (Bronte 30) SIGNIFICANT MOMENT AT LOWOOD
In this moment, Helen explains how important it is to focus not on the injustices of the present, but the promised better future that awaits them all in Heaven. This allows Jane’s character to further develop, and it gives her the mental patience to fully process what is going on around her and not react immediately. SIGNIFICANCE
“…I asked, ‘What am I to do?’ But the answer my mind gave—’Leave Thornfield at once’--was so prompt, so dread, that I stopped my ears. I said I could not bear such words now. ‘That I am not Edward Rochester's bride is the least part of my woe," I alleged: ‘that I have wakened out of most glorious dreams, and found them all void and vain, is a horror I could bear and master; but that I must leave him decidedly, instantly, entirely, is intolerable. I cannot do it.’ But, then, a voice within me averred that I could do it and foretold that I should do it. I wrestled with my own resolution: I wanted to be weak that I might avoid the awful passage of further suffering I saw laid out for me; and Conscience, turned tyrant, held Passion by the throat, told her tauntingly, she had yet but dipped her dainty foot in the slough, and swore that with that arm of iron he would thrust her down to unsounded depths of agony.” (Bronte 282) SIGNIFICANT MOMENT AT THORNFELD
In this moment, Jane wrestles with the decision to leave Thornfeld. Eventually she decides that she will leave. By making this choice, Jane refuses to take on the belittling position of mistress to Rochester. Unlike most women of the time, she does not allow herself to be place in a situation that she is opposed to. She is aware of her worth and doesn’t allow Rochester to degrade her. SIGNIFICANCE
“…but as his wife--at his side always, and always restrained, and always checked--forced to keep the fire of my nature continually low, to compel it to burn inwardly and never utter a cry, though the imprisoned flame consumed vital after vital--THIS would be unendurable.” (Bronte 389) SIGNIFICANT MOMENT AT MOORSHEAD
During this moment, Jane is refusing St. John’s marriage proposal. This is one of the more important moments in the novel because Jane is able to fully develop her feelings toward St. John and she realizes that if she chooses him, she will never be truly happy with her decision. She follows her heart instead of what she is expected to do by society. SIGNIFICANCE
Oprah So Jane there’s been a lot of controversy among feminist concerning your book. Many feminists say that the women in your book only seem to achieve happiness through marriage and undermines the feminist strength in the book. What is your response to this criticism? Jane Well the women in my novel gaining happiness through marriage by no means was meant to suggest that women can only achieve happiness through marriage. Throughout the book I struggled from a lack of affection. It made me realize it’s importance in life. I think that’s why the women seem to become happy only through marriage not because they need a man but because of the affection derived from a meaningful relationship. OPRAH AND JANE