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Jane Eyre Role of Male Dominance Somewhere The Dark Sheds Light Never never never quit -Winston Churchill If women on this Earth had given up they would be where they were in the time of Charlotte Bront Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bront tells the story of a woman on a lifetime journey progressing on the path of acceptance in searching of sympathy Throughout her journey Jane encounters many obstacles to her intelligence Jane lives in a world and in a time where society thought women were too fragile to ponder too much at once Women at the time had barely any rights at all and women were not allowed prominent positions Male dominance proves to be the biggest obstruction at each stop of Janes journey through Gateshead Hall Lowood Institution Thornfield Manor Moor House and Ferndean Manor As she grows however as she is her own shoulder to lean on in her times of need Jane slowly learns how to understand and control repression Janes journey begins at Gateshead Hall Mrs Reed Janes aunt and guardian serves as the biased arbitrator of the rivalries that constantly occur between Jane and John Reed John emerges as the dominant male figure at Gateshead He insists that Jane concedes to him and serve him at all times threatening her with mental and physical abuse Mrs Reed condones Johns conduct and sees him as the victim Janes rebellion against Mrs Reed represents a realization that she does not deserve the unjust treatment Jane refuses to be treated as a subordinate and finally speaks out against her oppressors Her reactions to Mrs Reeds hate appear raw and uncensored and foreshadow possible future responses to restraints This rebellion also initiates the next phase of her journey Lowood Institution represents the next step in Janes progression Her obstacle here appears in the form of Mr Brocklehurst the
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