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In Jane Eyre Charlotte Bronte portrays one womans desperate struggle to attain heridentity in the mist of temptation isolation and impossible odds Although she processes a strong soul she must fight not only the forces of passion and reason within herself butothers wills constantly imposed on her In its first publication it outraged many for itsrealistic portrayal of life during that time Ultimately the controversy of Brontes novellied in its realism challenging the role of women religion and mortality in theVictorian societyIn essence Brontes novel became a direct assault on Victorian morality Controversybased in its realistic exposure of thoughts once considered improper for a lady of the19th century Emotions any respectable girl would repress Women at this time were notto feel passion nor were they considered sexual beings To conceive the thought ofwomen expressing rage and blatantly retaliating against authority was a defiance againstthe traditional role of women Jane Eyre sent controversy through the literary community For not only was it written by a woman but marked the first use of realisticcharacters Janes complexity lied in her being neither holy good nor evil She was poorand plain in a time when society considered an ugly woman a blot on the face ofcreation It challenged Victorian class structure in a strictly hierachal society Arelationship between a lowly governess and a wealthy nobleman was simply unheard ofBronte drew criticism for her attack on the aristocracy who she deemed as hypocriticalshowy but not genuine She assaulted individuals already established morals bypresenting a plausible case for bigamy Notions which should have evoked disgust andoutrage from its reader Yet its most scandaless aspect was its open treatment of lovePassionate love scenes which were for their day extremely explicit but by todaysstandards are less than tameBrontes choice of a strong independent heroine depicted feminist ideals that would laterlead to the overhaul of Victorian culture By making Jane an educated woman Brontegave her impowerment in a patriarchal society that denied women
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