Looking back at the past few novels we have read that star female antagonist, it is interesting to note the overall lack of education those girls had and what their other option was. Elizabeth, from Pride and Prejudice, seems to be the only one who has interest in things other than marriage. And while Charlotte, Northanger Abbey, is a very avid reader we are told, there is no other supporting evidence that she is particularly good at any other subject. In Charlotte Bronte’s novel Jane Eyre, this is not the case. Our main antagonist, Jane, is send off to school at a very early age where she is expected to learn things other than how to be a good wife; like her counterparts in the other novels. Her education allows her to excel in a few different areas including drawing and French. This is a critical point for Jane because without it is very hard to believe her journey as a governess would be the same, for this allow Jane to connect very quickly with Adele.
It is also important to note that while her aunt’s intention of sending her away might have been to get rid of her so she didn’t have to deal with her, this was most likely the best outcome for Jane; as her cousin’s lives have seem to spiral downward from the once high spoiled positions after she had left.
Jane’s education is critical in her development as the stories’ antagonist. While she is not necessarily “privileged” or a member of the “upper class”, her life does allow her certain luxuries that would not be necessarily offered to a lower class person. Because she has taken interest in certain areas, and seems to excel at them, she is able to become more independent woman then perhaps the other stories female heroine.