?

Jane Eyre

Free Version

Upgrade subject to access all content

Moderate

The Victorian Woman

JNEYR-UYNGOE

As Helen prepares for death she tells Jane:

I leave no one to regret me much: I have only a father; and he is lately married, and will not miss me. By dying young, I shall escape great sufferings. I had not qualities or talents to make my way very well in the world: I should have been continually at fault.

What does this quotation reveal about gender expectations during the Victorian era?

A

A woman's worth was often based on her skills and talents.

B

Women were taught to put others ahead of themselves, even in death.

C

Women were taught to expect an early death because of their physical weakness.

D

Women in particular were taught to value death because of their depravity in life.

E

Women were taught that their lives were only meaningful if they could be of service to a man.