Jane Bronte’s often bitter attacks on certain aspects

Jane Eyre is a character whose strength and individuality are remarkable for her times. As a model for women readers in the Victorian period and throughout the twentieth century to follow, Jane Eyre encouraged them to make their own choices in living their lives, to develop respect for themselves, and to become individuals. But the early readers of Jane Eyre were not all charmed by the heroine’s bold personality. Many readers objected to the novel because they felt that it was “un-Christian,” taking offense at Bronte’s often bitter attacks on certain aspects of religion and the church in contemporary England. The character of Mr. Brocklehurst, for example, a deeply religious but highly hypocritical figure, was based on a well known clergyman alive at the time, and many readers recognized the characterization right away.           Other Victorian readers felt that the novel was “coarse” because it addresses issues and incidents that were not “proper” for a female narrator to discuss. When Edward Rochester tells Jane of his past history with women, for example, and his possible fathering of Adele Varens, many readers found it highly improper to imagine a man speaking of such matters to a young girl of eighteen. Moreover, Mr. Rochester’s plans to marry Jane even though he was married already was a rather shocking situation for a novel to explore. Many readers believed that the writer of the novel was a man, not able to imagine that a woman could possibly write such a story. Bronte’s use of the pen-name, “Currer Bell” encouraged this assumption for some time. Many women writers like Bronte chose to publish under a man’s name because publishers, critics, and readers were much more likely to respond well to a work by a man, and because the general belief was that it was improper for ladies to write at all. Throughout the novel, Jane struggles to find the right balance between moral duty and earthly pleasure, between obligation to her spirit and attention to her body. She encounters three main religious figures: Mr. Brocklehurst, Helen Burns, and St John Rivers. Each represents a model of religion that Jane ultimately rejects as she forms her own ideas about faith and principle, and their practical consequences. In the novel Jane Eyre the women are portrayed as not being able to depend for themselves, they are portrayed as housewives. Women in this novel accept their roles because of the time period the book takes place. Jane Eyre is dependent from someone the whole novel, either it being her cruel aunt, or her lover Mr Rochester. She tries to depend for herself but the people that surround her aren’t letting her. This is what causes the conflicts in the novel, Jane tries to do things on her own but no one would help her, or encourage her, due to the times they were living in. Someone always had to be on top of her, she always depended on somebody.