Jane Eyre is an enduring and timeless classic mainly because of its theme. Finding self-worth, building self-confidence and keeping your self-respect. I think Jane’s journey as a character is the most important aspect of the novel. The novel begins with Jane’s childhood, and although the story can seem slow during this section, it really shows how Jane develops her inner strength and strong moral character. So that by the time we get to Rochester, we understand how he can admire and grow to love a plain-spoken woman who believes in herself.
Jane and Rochester’s love story is intensely romantic and emotional, and built on fireside conversations; sparkling with wit and soundly developing their kinship. Mr. Rochester is an interesting and complex character. On one side arrogant and cynical, and on the other intelligent, charismatic and witty. His skewed sense of morality and motivations for certain decisions he makes in the novel, provide conflict and counterpoint to Jane as she falls in love with him and starts to lose sight of who she is. Between the romance and the atmospheric, vivid prose, hinting at mysterious occurrences with supernatural causes, Jane Eyre is almost impossible to put down until you find out the cause of the mystery and how Jane’s story will end.
This is my absolute favorite novel, and one that I go back to re-reading many times. It is well-written, with vividly drawn characters and a well-crafted story. Although Jane and Rochester’s romance is a beautiful part of the novel, I think Jane’s development during her childhood and then her adhesion to her principles until she finds love and independence on her own terms the most inspiring part of the book.