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Jane Eyre as a Modern Woman Throughout the course of Charlotte Brontes novel Jane Eyre Jane is used as a representation of a modern woman Jane does many things which women of her time didnt do She started reading as a little girl This was a talent that most women at the time didnt acquire throughout their entire lives She learned how to write also This too was a skill most women of that time did not possess Perhaps the biggest reason why Jane is a modern woman is because she takes matters into her own hands She is in complete control of her life and her destiny Most women of that time were completely dependent on their husbands for everything Jane Eyre represents Charlotte Brontes idea of a modern woman because she can read write and she is independent Initially Charlotte Bronte shows that Jane represents her idea of a modern woman because she was able to read Most women of that time period were never schooled Instead they stayed home doing housework and depended on their husbands Jane on the other hand was educated and therefore she could read well Jane is actually extremely modern because she started reading as a little girl in the Reeds house For example before she and John got into a fight Jane sat down by the window and began reading I returned to my book--Bewicks History of British Birds quite as a blank--10 Another example of how Jane read as a child was when she read a book of Arabian tales after she got in a fight with Mrs Reed I took a book--some Arabian tales I sat down and endeavored to read--40 This is one way Charlotte Bronte shows that Jane represents her idea of a modern woman Next Charlotte Bronte shows that Jane represents her idea of a modern woman because she can write Most women of that time would spend their time
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