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Sylvia Plaths poetry and Charlotte Bronts Jane Eyre both incorporate an element of feminism and reveal the attitudes women from their respective time periods encountered Both Plath and Bront express extremely feminine points of view in their work Jane Eyre spans the course of the Janes life Therefore the novel is a bildungsroman literally meaning a novel roman of development bildungs The novel describes the growth of Janes character from childhood to adulthood concentrating on her experiences education and identity The narrators tone of voice changes throughout the book as she matures Plaths poetry however was written mostly between 1956 and 1963 and although the tone of voice ranges from detached to hysterical the general mood of her poems is one of despair One issue in Jane Eyre is certainly an example of the arduous life led by women alone in the Victorian era Jane had to face life lacking financial and emotional support She frequently defied social conventions by her independence Presumably this was because she was disillusioned by society from an early age being morally oppressed first by her relatives and then by Mr Brocklehurst whilst at school At Lowood she experienced the acrimonious aspects of life the death of her friend unyielding discipline and the hypocrisy of religion Jane felt animosity and indignation at the treatment she and the pupils at Lowood suffered The feminist element of Jane Eyre is the characters life Jane worked as a governess and led an independent life This was an unusual situation for a girl in the Victorian era A governess was a social anomaly higher in status than the usual servants were but not on par with her employers Essentially governesses were considered to be in a class of their own Jane shows independence from an early age In the very first chapter she attacks John Reed her cousin in order to defend herself She then tells a
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