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At stake here is the very identity of women. The Act gave them the ability to act as autonomous agents, although Jill Rappoport points out that while women may not have legally had much power or influence under coverture and primogeniture the tradition that dictated wealth pass on to the first son or closest male heirwomen certainly had influence over their own husbands, often convincing them to act in their favor 3.
Most notably, as Rachel Ablow posits, would perhaps been the Custody of Infants Act ofwhich gave women the ability to gain custody of their children under seven years of age 1. The rights of women under the institutions of coverture and primogeniture were beginning to come under scrutiny during the time that Bronte was writing, and many of the issues surrounding them are present in Jane Eyre. The novel deals with themes of marriage throughout.
John, it might have become so. Rochester is bound in marriage to a woman he does not love, and, who by all appearances, is insane. Rochester is bound to make decisions for his wife.
They are both victims of this institution that is only just starting to come into question and experience change at the time that the novel is written. Rappoport, Jill. Dino Franco Felluga.
Extension of Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net. Ablow, Rachel. Works Cited Rappoport, Jill. Associated Place s.