What is the theme of Charlotte Bronte’s ‘Jane Eyre’?
- In Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre, published in 1874, young Jane is shown as independent and assertive.
- While girls of her time were expected to be quiet and well behaved, Jane at the age of ten, protests against the hypocrisy of her elders with startling bluntness.
- She tells her Aunt who is always unkind to her; ‘People think you a good woman, but you are bad. You are deceitful. I will never call you aunt as long as I live.’
- Such stories allowed women readers to sympathise with rebellious actions. Often women novelists dealt with women who broke established norms of society before adjusting to them.