Jane Eyre

how did bronte portray that jane was not at all the ideal victorian woman

Besides the fact that she is poor and an orphan how did jane not want to be the victorian women. what key examples can help?

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While it is difficult to separate Jane's economic and gender obstacles, it is clear that her position as a woman also prevents her from venturing out into the world as many of the male characters do – Mr. Rochester, her Uncle John, and St. John, for instance. Indeed, her desire for worldly experience makes her last name ironic, as "Eyre" derives from an Old French word meaning "to travel." If Jane were a man, Brontë suggests, she would not be forced to submit to so much economic hardship; she could actively attempt to make her fortune. As it is, however, Jane must work as a governess, the only legitimate position open for a woman of her station, and simply wait for her uncle to leave her his fortune. Yet Jane still challenges the trend of the ideal Victorian woman. She remains single and independent for much of her life, she marries the man she chooses, and she supports herself economically.