Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte - Impressions and Expressions of Ijon
Jane Eyre / Charlotte Bronte|
Way ahead of her time
The second half of Jane Eyre is a blander read -- but not at all a bland deed:
Considering it's the 1840s when, for fear of being shunned, a female author resorts to publishing her book under a pen name* that will not disclose her sex, Bronte commits the most daring act in the second half of the novel.
For it is there that her protagonist transgresses the little woman's role of melting into her wooer's arms; she shuns his cloying terms; shuns the limited scope of the stereotypical little woman's life that he offers her along with the tarnished status of kept mistress:
She leaves, becomes bravely independent, (rejects yet another man's advances along with his and religion's tyrannical terms), and finally returns, financially independent, to her beloved – this time not one bit his inferior, and with not a flaw to mar her status.
* "Currer Bell"