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Feminism is a very contradictory theme throughout literary history It does not have to be seen as a complete rebellion against men but can simply represent intelligence and self-worth in a female This philosophy is shown in many of the works of Charlotte Bronte She uses independence as a keynote in her thinking about her own life and the life of all unmarried women Ewbank 157 One such work is Jane Erye In this novel Charlotte Bronte personifies her philosophy through the main character of Jane As Jane matures from child to woman her strength of character is what makes her memorable Through her endurance moral convictions and intense emotional capacity Jane is shown as the epidemy of feminismJanes strength to endure harsh circumstances is shown throughout the novel The novel arrests attention in its opening chapters by disclosing an individual character enmeshed in yet independent of unusual circumstances Tillotson 28 Under the care of her aunt Jane must endure a loveless childhood She is always seen as an outsider looking in Janes strength is shown by her lack of self-pity Although she is like a terrified cornered animal she fights back with intellectual and imaginative resourcefulness Tillotson 28-29 There is no emotional indulgence in Janes childhood sufferings Craik 77 This behavior is continued with her stay at Lowood school Here she continues to be neglected and ignored Only through her friendship of Miss Temple and Helen Burns is she shown hope The school section shows the mind of the child that was going to grow into Jane Erye the woman Every incident and every character has a bearing on the growth of Jane into a woman of passion and absolute moral integrityAs Jane enters a new phase of her life at Thornfield her endurance is once again tested Her relationship with Mr Rochester causes emotional conflict from its beginning Mr Rochester persists in making physical and emotional barbs at Jane while awakening all her
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