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Women who lived in the nineteenth century were mostly middle class They could not work and they were gentile They did not take care of their children either So with that being said it would seem like living in the nineteenth century as a woman would be pretty simple as long as one was married But women were often faced with societal pressures and challenges In Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte one can see that life was not always so easy especially for Jane Jane had to come of age or grow up as a worker making things sometimes more difficult especially as a woman in the Victorian era Later in the novel and I will come back to this later on Jane gets proposed to for the second time to a man After not marrying him the first time she marries him the second time It is finally comes full circle when one realizes Jane is an independent women but it all starts at the beginning with Janes Aunt Reed whom she was raised by Janes Aunt Reed whom Jane claims in the first paragraph of the novel is no company was not the most loving person towards her Her aunt would lock her in a room tell her she was not in good earnest to acquire a more sociable and childlike disposition a more attractive and sprightly manner and really just seemed to beat down her voice and ego This went along with Victorian ideals because women did not always have much of a voice Jane being rebellious though instantly diverged from this and probably sought her own voice because of Mrs Reed However through other people in the home like Bessie who was a tough-love kind of person she began to stick up for herself when Mrs Reed picked on her and she found the courage to stay strong
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