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Definition of Gender Roles

- Gender roles are what people expect a male or female to do because of their gender. For example, some people think women should stay at home and take care of their kids while other people think women should work just like men. Many people in the world today think that just because we are a male or a female, we should do what those genders are expected to do. Because of this, people get scared to be different because they are scared of what other people will think of them. I have lived in many different places and in each place gender roles are different. In California and New Hampshire men and women were both expected to work, and a lot of them sent their kids to day care. When i moved to Utah I noticed that a lot of mothers were stay at home moms and didn't have jobs. The husband was the one who provided for the family.

Gender roles vary in many different ways. They depend on where you live, what you do, what people you are with, and many other things. Gender roles aren't a necessity. You can be whoever you want to wherever you are and still be fine. Gender roles aren't a requirement, they are some suggestions to follow depending on where you are. You don't have to follow all of them, in fact, you don't have to follow any of them. Just do what you have to do if it works.

Gender Roles in the Novel-Ana



Main Character's Gender Roles and Issues Related

Jane Eyre is a woman in the Victorian era. She is expected to conform to different social rules and face a lot gender discrimination. Jane's integrity is constantly tested as she goes throughout the novel, and she chooses not to sacrifice her dignity even though it would be
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the easiest way for her to continue living comfortably. She attends Lowood school for girls and eventually becomes a governess. Typically in the Victorian Era, lower class women were able to find work in limited areas. Often women would work as governesses and servants. High class women weren't expected to work and spent their time doing other lady like things. In the novel, Jane seems most satisfied when she is able to live independently and support herself. Even when she goes back to the wealthy Edward Rochester, she feels more his equal because she inherited her Uncle's fortune so she is no longer viewed as a poor and low class woman.

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Edward Rochester is a wealthy man in the Victorian era. Men during this time period had many more rights than women did. They were able to work in many different occupations. Since Mr. Rochester is so wealthy, he can do almost anything he wants. The book describes how he constantly travels without letting anyone know where he is going. Men in the Victorian age had control over women, and when a man and woman were married the woman became the man's property. Mr. Rochester is wealthy enough to support Jane as his wife and also his french daughter, Adele. This is one way that he demonstrates his power through wealth. Without the help of Mr. Rochester, they would all be out in the cold without work and without a home.

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St. John is a serious and ambitious man. When he invites Jane to accompany him to India as his wife, she refuses because she doesn't love him as a husband, but as a brother. St. John insists that love isn't the reason that they need to be married, but that the reason they need to marry is because of society and the idea that Jane was meant to live the life of a missionary's wife. In this instance, St. John follows traditional marriage customs and sacrifices passion for principle. He shows his authority by not allowing Jane to accompany him to India unless they are married. If Jane was given the choice she would gladly accompany John as his sister instead of his wife, but St. John is stubborn and refuses to give in.

Relationships to Gender Roles in the Modern Day in Comparison to Gender Roles in the Past

Compared with the past century, Gender Roles have created a sort of turn of events. In the 1800's

women and men didn't even closely believe that they would one day be equal, but today they're equal and even some women are jumping ahead of the average man. In the 1960's women really took charge and started taking on the jobs of men. As shown in Kenneth Walsh’s article “The 1960’s A Decade of Change for Women (usnews). Which explains the rise of women in the 1960's.
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between the 19th, 20th and 21st century have changed, but did that abundantly change, or was it a gradual change that is still engaging? There are many documents out there that explain how the workforce is increasing in women occupancy. Some even pertaining to future women occupancy such as Martha Barksdale’s article “Gender Gap” says, “By 2050, women will make up 47 percent of the workforce in the United States – up from 30 percent in 1950. But some experts are predicting that, at least in the short term, the number of women in the workforce may surpass the number of men.” (par. 2, Curiosity) She then proceeds to explain that since the economic recession in 2008, men’s jobs had disappeared, and when those jobs started to come back. Women took them.

There are also arguments that in the past, men have treated women fairly and the stereotypical gender roles weren't real. As portrayed in the novel, Jane did show character of the average man (Strong, courageous, independent), and
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still remained a respectable women of many. So in many ways, that stereotype could actually be impeached and removed because it wasn’t every single Victorian women. In fact, many women have shown that they can do what men can do.

Overall the comparison between the two time lines (1800-2000) are nearly similar, yet almost entirely different in the way of gender roles.

~Bibliography
Curiosity: http://curiosity.discovery.com/question/gender-roles-society-changing
Usnews: http://www.usnews.com/news/articles/2010/03/12/the-1960s-a-decade-of-change-for-women
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