In Jane Eyre, how does Bronte express anger at women’s confinement within the domestic sphere and rebellion against the patriarchal tyranny?

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Bronte seems to create tension for the reader with regard to domesticity and patriarchal tyranny through Jane's experiences with St. John. Undoubtedly, Jane must deal with patriarchal tyranny from her cousin John at the beginning of the book, from Mr. Brocklehurst during her school years, and with Mr. Rochester who manipulates her through the use of his employer status. Finally, tension builds again during St. John's insistence that Jane become his wife. Jane generally expresses her displeasure, anger or rebellion in all of these situations within her own mind until she can't take the pressure any longer and she speaks out.  Ultimately, Bronte uses her main character to win in the end by discovering how to live her own life under her own terms. One may wonder, however, if Bronte didn't take out all of her "anger" out on Mr. Rochester in the end by maiming him. From that point on, he was dependent upon Jane for governing his household and helping him physically. At that pont, the end of the book, the tables are turned and Jane is not only an heiress to a fortune that makes her independent, but she claims head-of-household status because Mr. Rochester, or any other man, cannot manipulate her mentally or physically anymore.

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