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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
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Aug 29, 09

bookshelves: school-reads, fiction, women-authors
Read in January, 2005

There is this incredible moment in Jane Eyre where Jane is at the edge of submission. Mr. Rochester is pulling out all the emotional stops, negotiating to secure her affections (not just her devotion), and generally being the ultimate Byronic hero on a sexual conquest. This is way beyond bad pick-up lines and verges into serious emotional coercion. As I read, I expect Jane to give in at any moment.

But Jane doesn't. She vanquishes the Byronic hero, remaining unmolested, not ravaged, and still chaste. Given my respect and fascination for the concept of Byronic heroes, I was floored by her powerful victory. In that moment, Jane won me over. She became my hero.

I don't consider myself sexist. But I'll admit this without apology, I don't think I could list off many female characters I consider my personal heroes. In fact, only two come to mind. Nicole from Rama Revealed , and Ms. Jane Eyre. Read this book.
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