Gender Role in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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Gender Role in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë 
The publication of Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre prompted shock and detestations among readers in Victorian England.  Nonetheless, the shocking independence of the protagonist was tempered, “Sense would resist delirium: judgment would warn passion” (Brontë 112).  Brontë’s Jane Eyre, while faced with difficult circumstances and choices, showed indomitable spirit while steadfastly observing proper conduct for the era.  Though Brontë’s protagonist never veered from the prescribed moral codes of the period, the book was widely considered as inappropriate for many to read and most especially was not deemed suitable for young women.  
The Victorian Era was a time when a powerful woman was queen and...
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.....vernesses, embodying a very real challenge to the order of the day regarding gender and social class.  Given the male-dominated and class-conscious society in which Brontë lived, it is not particularly surprising that there was some harsh criticism and opposition to the strong voice of feminism, and views of class rigidity, expressed in Jane Eyre.  The mirror that was held up to the society in Victorian England created controversy but the truth of Brontë’s portrait has made hers an enduring work.
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