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“Speak I must” - gender and social status in Charlotte Brontes Bildungsroman Jane Eyre
2003 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

“Speak I must.” These words are uttered by the heroine Jane Eyre in the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. The purpose of this essay is to shed light on Jane Eyre’s position in society and its relation to gender and social status, in different environments, and at varying stages in her life. By studying the development of Jane’s steps from dependence to independence, one is able to see what the options were for an ordinary girl in the Victorian age. At each stage in life, Jane becomes more aware of her own position in society. Later, as an adult, she still has a feeling of inferiority when she works as a governess. As a governess she is neither a member of the family nor a servant. She strives to become an independent individual and manages, due to the fact that she comes into unexpected inheritance. In conclusion, the novel emphasizes women’s intellectual and emotional needs, which means that in order for Jane to have a fulfilled life, it is not enough for her to have economic independence, but to live in an equal passionate relationship. She finds passion with Mr. Rochester and moves up in society. Even though the heroine gets the hero, Jane is still a woman who wants female independence for all women in society, as well as gender equality in society.

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2003. , 21 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53715Local ID: ENG C-15OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53715DiVA: diva2:1102275
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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