Jane Eyre Gender Roles Essay

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In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, The Red-Room symbolizes the gender roles expected by society as they are represented in Jane’s life, how she wants to be equal to men, and how the society tries to make her think is confined by those expectations. Although Jane understands her expectations, she sometimes does what she wants or what she feels is right. Such as when Jane talks with Rochester, Jane says “I don’t think, sir, you have a right to command me, merely because you are older than I, or because you have seen more of the world than I have; your claim to superiority depends on the use you have made of your time and experience.” This is a good example of how she tries not to be confined by those expectations, she is Jane Eyre. A while ago, when Jane was young, her parents died and Jane was sent to live with her Aunt and cousins, the Reeds. Recently Mr. Reed had died,…show more content…
Back then they were expected to marry a man, take care of their children, cook and. clean. The only job they could do to make money was teach and other small low paying jobs. Women could not have jobs like doctors, lawyers, and many more high end professions. Then, even if a man and a woman had the same job they were still paid less. These are just some of the unfair issues that played apart in Jane's life. Jane had to deal with three men that all tried to control her, starting with Mr. Brocklehurst, then Rochester, and, last, St. John. Mr. Brocklehurst the parson, and hypocritical overseer of Lowood, tries to control Jane by punishing her if she does not do exactly what he tells her. Rochester tries to control her by marrying her. St. John does the same thing as Rochester by trying to marry Jane, even though he does not have any feelings for her, and she does not have any for him ether. Although she makes her own choice to not marry them, she is still confined by some

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