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Becoming a memorable hero in literature is not an easy thing Your life isexposed to the public eye critics scorn your motives and far crueler AP Englishteachers force their students to write a character analysis about every aspect of yourbeing However once in a blue moon a hero springs up that strangely enough isinteresting enough that certain ambitious students find him or her so intriguing thatthey type a three thousand word essay praising or denouncing the storyJane Eyre is not that kind of hero Anyone who can write on the subject for morethan two hours leads a very dull life The book is four hundred pages long and full of long-winded details by the fore-mentioned individual The title character in CharlotteBrontes Jane Eyre does have her high qualities though She is virtuous independentassertive and does not accept defeat These attributes alone however are not whatmakes this women admirable It is the fact that Jane succeeds in life despite her lack ofsocial standing family independent wealth or beauty that makes her a hero of modernThe idea that a women could dare to attempt controlling her destiny is hardly anew idea The Bible written thousands of years before Jane Eyre is full of examples ofassertive women unwilling to let the incompetent men around them ruin their lives Afamous example derives from the story of Tamar and Judah When Tamar allegedlysinned with an unknowing Judah he realized she did it because I did not give her tomy son Shelah Genesis 3826 A few thousand years later Sophocles wrote aboutthe tragic tale of Antigone the princess of Thebes who stood up against her wickeduncle Creon to do what she thought was right William Shakespeare filled his plays with brave women willing to die to follow their hearts does Juliet spring to mind Butall of these women could afford to martyr themselves for their beliefs and causes Theyhad the royal or prestigious blood great beauty and sometimes money that allowedgreat
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