Charlotte Bronte's "Jane Eyre" Ch 11-26 Thornfield Setting Analysis (Essay)

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What are the differences between men and women? In "Jane Eyre", a novel by Charlotte Bronte, the author reveals through the setting, certain character traits, and by certain character's actions how women and men not so dissimilar as society thinks.

In this passage, Bronte focuses a majority of the characterization on Jane Eyre and how she can perform the same tasks as Mr. Rochester when she is actually given a chance. The author shows this when Jane's master requires her to "obey" his commands and she is able to do them well enough to successfully complete the assignment. (239) Even though Jane is not a man, she can still be taught to be able to achieve everything a man could achieve. Bronte shows that in this section to help support her large theme throughout the book of women being equivalent to men. Ironically, Jane's tone throughout this passage is a very submissive tone because she follows Mr.

Rochester's every command.

This passage offers a very interesting insight on women and men sustaining together in the same environment. This segment of the novel takes place in a "locked" "concealed" "chamber". (238, 239) While in this chamber, women and men are able to thrive with each other and get accomplished what they feel needs to be done. Unfortunately, this chamber is hidden from society, just as the ability of women and men to work together as equals is hidden from society. Also, the chamber is locked, so even if everyone did know about it not everyone could access it; but locks can be picked and secrets can be spread, all it takes is time which shows that if women try hard enough and wait long enough they will eventually get their equality to men.

In this section of the...