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Charlotte Bronte was a strong-willed woman with extreme beliefs in self-awareness and individuality a viewpoint that was tacitly condemned in those times Throughout her novels Charlotte never failed to collide the main character with the discovery of her true worth Jane Eyre was Charlottes most popular novels and happens to beautifully demonstrate the main character gradually becoming in touch with her true self through life lessons The journey of Miss Jane Eyre begins at Gateshead where she is in the care of her cruel aunt who treats her like someone off the streets In the words of Maggie Berg a critic who wrote Jane Eyre A Companion to the Novel Jane sees herself as a rebellious slave and hungerstricken She is clearly the scapegoat of the nursery pg 47 In the eyes of her wicked aunt she was a precocious actress and was therefor regularly locked up like a dog According to Berg the effect of these accounts drew attention to her self-dramatization From the very moment Jane was able to read she was constantly attracted by the disguised portraits that she make for herself in books ballads and dolls The recurring theme of self-awareness I saw in Jane Eyre started from the first time Jane saw herself in the mirror which consequentially gave her a fresh awareness of her own identity When John throws the book at Jane Charlotte Brontes attempt was to both literally and metaphorically symbolize the deprivation he was instigating of any sense of herself and her rights According to Jacques Lacan the first identity of oneself in a mirror is the most decisive stage in human development It provides the awareness of oneself as an object of knowledge I had to cross before the looking glass my fascinated glance involuntarily explored the depth it revealed All looked colder and darker in that visionary hollow than in reality and the strange little figure there gazing at me with a white
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