What are some aspects of feminist "voice" in Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte?Feminist analysis on voice.

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Charlotte Bronte certainly brings to light the early sounds of feminism's voice in her novel Jane Eyre. Jane is a character caught like Bronte herself in the Victorian social dilemma of being a woman in a man's world. Throughout the novel, Jane faces many prejudices from social status to gender which are all mixed together to create a life of struggle against tough odds. Where many may think that feminists are anti-men, this isn't so much the case in Jane Eyre as it might seem. For example, other women in the story are just as prejudice towards Jane as men are. Ultimately, the femisit's voice might more assuredly be presented by whom Jane chooses to marry. Rather than marry St. John who tries to manipulate her into marrying her out of duty, she chooses to follow her heart and marry Rochester. It is interesting, however, that Rochester is completely dependent on Jane for his life at the end of the book. It is as if Jane will feel the most empowered by being the more dominant companion in her most important relationship. She would have hated life as a submissive wife to St. John, and therein lies the voice, that women should follow their hearts and live as they please and in a way that will not be subjected to anyone else.