Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brönte
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity.
She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.
With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers
I didn’t chose this book as I needed to read it before I study it in September. Despite being difficult to get into as Brontë books tend to be, once the more tedious of chapters had been past then the book was actually quite enjoyable. Jane was an independent, if sometimes näive, protagonist whose development throughout the novel was enlightening. I’ve read this book more critically than I normally read which does mean I had less of a connection with the characters but I had to say that it is a very well written book, littered with metaphors and so much depth that I would have over looked had I not been reading this critically. I took me until about 50% through to not view reading this book as a chore - the plot line picked up and the drama surrounding each of the characters increased. Jane became more likeable, even if she will never be my favourite character, she did become bearable. I disliked how often Jane would put herself down though she was a strong character who didn’t fear speaking her mind, especially in front of men and her superiors.
I’m looking forward to studying this next year.
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”