What are some themes in the novel Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte?

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I couldn't help but notice domestic violence and manipulation in Bronte's Jane Eyre. It seemed like every male who came into Jane 's life lied to or about her and manipulated her. The worst part is that it seemed to be the norm for these men to treat women...

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I couldn't help but notice domestic violence and manipulation in Bronte's Jane Eyre. It seemed like every male who came into Jane's life lied to or about her and manipulated her. The worst part is that it seemed to be the norm for these men to treat women with such disrespect. First there was the male cousin in her youth who tried to play Lord of the Manner by hitting her and yelling at her. Then there was Brocklhurst who mistreated her. Finally, the two men who wanted tomarry her manipulated (or tried to) her into doing what they wanted--as if she didn't have her own willand brain to figure things out! Living life as a governess in such a male-dominated society must have been suffocating for the women back then.

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There are so many different issues that Jane has to deal with in Bronte's novel. The way men treat women in book is a recurring motif that depicts the way men thought of women at that time. Men degrade, manipulate, lie to, and maltreat Jane at every turn in her life! Even her dear Mr. Rochester lies to her about his hidden-away wife and manipulates her feelings by courting another woman right in front of her. It is truly despicable how Jane is treated throughout the novel, but it must provide some truth to the "accepted" ways of English culture and society during Bronte's time.

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One of the main themes of the novel I like to call “love will find a way.”  Cheesy, I know.  However, the idea is that regardless of social class, two people can fall in love.  Despite the barriers, Jane manages to find love and friendship.

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