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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Oct 16, 2011

it was ok
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** spoiler alert ** This is another book I don't think should be on school reading lists. In fact, I think it should be banned for all females under the age of maybe 21. The eponymous protagonist falls in love with a man who is her social superior. She paints a picture of her rival, making her as beautiful as possible, and then a picture of herself accentuating all her flaws to remind herself of her unworthiness. NOT a good message for teenage girls, or really anyone who enjoys having some self-esteem. There are some books that make it to "classic" status simply because people keep choking them down year after year, until they are old enough to seem like they must have hidden perks. Kind of like when someone attractive dates someone not-so-pretty and you think "wow, they must be good in bed." This book is not good in bed; it's more like waking up next to your dead friend (again, an unforgettable scene in the book).
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Cassie I must disagree. After painting the picture of her "rival" and resigning herself to the fact that she was outshined and a lesser being, in the end Edward chose her. Showing that inside beauty is much more important than outside looks. And i dont believe she was ever ugly, she just believed herself so. I love it and believe it should stay on those reading lists so others after me will enjoy it as much as i have. Age should not matter in love.
I have always read this book. Through hardship and pain she stood next to her beliefs and morals. She left the only place she had felt love and true comfort. She met someone who not only truely loved her but treated her as an equal. She remained that prue soul in the world of dark she had been thrown into.

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