Date of Award

Spring 1996

Document Type

Legacy Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts (BA)




College of Humanities and Fine Arts

First Advisor

Jacqueline Gmuca


With so many social and cultural restrictions in place, women had very little opportunity to become complete individuals. This was one of the reasons that Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre received such a powerful response from literary critics and the general public when it was released. Bronte's character Jane Eyre challenged most of the prevailing attitudes about the role of women at the time. Wrote one critic, offended with the novel, "Jane Eyre is throughout the personification of an unregenerate and undisciplined spirit" (Gilbert 337). This novel increased public scrutiny of the "woman question" by making one character's remarkable struggle for independence and equality the topic for the discussion of the entire nation.

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