Examples Of Equality In Jane Eyre

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Historical Fight for Equality (a.k.a. Was it his Brooding Look or his Sideburns?) “Equality is not a concept. It’s not something we should be striving for. It’s a necessity. Equality is like gravity. We need it to stand on this earth as men and women.” —Joss Whedon Relationships require many things: commitment, communication, love, and, according to Charlotte Brontë, equality. If two people are to join together in marriage, much less a committed relationship, they should be equal in all aspects: socioeconomic status, intellectual capacity, physical ability, etc. However, in Brontë’s time of the Victorian era, men were often considered superior to women by default. In her novel Jane Eyre, Brontë uses the first person narrative of a young woman…show more content…
When Jane first encounters Edward on an eerie moonlit night, her initial impression of him is extremely Byronic but also unforgettable: “The new face, too, was like a new picture introduced to the gallery of memory; and it was dissimilar to all the others hanging there: firstly, because it was masculine; and, secondly, because it was dark, strong, and stern” (98-9). Jane’s prior experience with men is minimal at best. For Jane, a man’s face is a fascinating “new face” that brings intrigue into her life such as she has never had before. Being the epitome of a man, Edward possesses all the qualities of a Byronic hero. According to Professor Craig White of the University of Houston, Byronic heroes were the highlight of romantic literature in the Victorian era. They were often externally cynical and self-deprecating but internally searching for love. Above all, they exude testosterone. Even at first glance, Jane notices that Edward is exceptionally “masculine.” His demeanor and manner of speaking give his face a “dark, strong, and stern” appearance. Jane feels immediate attraction to him simply because she has never had much interaction with men, and he so clearly represents the quintessence of masculinity. As Jane interrogates Mrs. Fairfax, the housekeeper of…show more content…
Fairfax reminds Jane to be lenient when judging him while furthering the reader’s deductions of his underlying Byronic character: “We can none of us help our nature; and, partly, he has painful thoughts, no doubt, to harass him, and make his spirits unequal” (108-9). Mrs. Fairfax’s description is a clear indicator of Edward’s role as a Byronic hero. In Mrs. Fairfax’s

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