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Orphaned as a child, Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life. Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall, where she has been hired by the brooding, proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle. Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit. She falls in love. Hard.
But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy, forbiddin...more
It's important to remember that she had no clue his wife was dead, no clue about the fire. I don't think she went back at all to pursue a relationship with him, only to acknowledge what was between them and see what was next for her in her life - whether that was something at Thornfield Hall or saying goodbye to that place forever.
Had Rochester's wife been alive, I think she would have seen Rochester one last time, and been able to say goodbye and put things behind her.
As it was, with him hurt the way he was, and with his love for Jane and understanding of how he hurt her and messed up, it was then possible for them to move forward together.
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Yes, I suppose you can view this book mostly as a love story. That's what I did at age 13 - but that's why I was left disappointed back then¹.
Or you can view this as an story of formation of a strong and independent female protagonist, a nineteenth-century feminist, light-years ahead of its time. And that's what left my now-closer-to-thirty-than-twenty self very satisfied and, quite frankly, rather impressed.²
¹(view spoiler)[The guy kept his wife in the attic. Seriously - no. Just no. You don't...more
Jane Eyre is the quintessential Victorian novel. It literally has everything that was typical of the period, but, unlike other novels, it has all the elements in one story. At the centre is the romance between Jane and Rochester, which is enhanced by gothic elements such as the uncanniness of the doppleganger and the spectre like qualities of Bertha. In addition, it is also a governess novel; these were an incredibly popular type of stor ...more
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The Written Review
"Though you have a man's vigorous brain, you have a woman's heart and--it would not do."Oh Jane, you wondrously bold and beautiful gal.
"It would do," I affirmed with some disdain, "perfectly well.
After she was orphaned, Jane Eyre was sent to live with her maternal uncle and his wife (Mrs. Reed). When her uncle ...more
5. Four hundred-odd pages of purely descriptive writing
4. Overt religious themes and moral preaching
3. A plain-Jane heroine who stays plain. No makeovers to reveal a hitherto hidden prettiness that only needed an application of hydrogen peroxide and some eyebrow plucking to emerge full-blown.
2. The world is not well-lost for love. In the war between self-respect and grand passion, principles win hands down. Rousing, yet tender s ...more
Now that this is out of the way.
I did like Jane as a character and I also liked the portion of the book about her childhood but the two RoMaNcEs were train wrecks and if I hear anyone say they love M. Rochester I will forever judge you.
Pride and Prejudice > Jane Eyre
There I said it.
‘I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.’”
I am glad that in 1847 Charlotte Bronte made the decision to publish her novel under a male pseudonym. Currer Bell had a much better chance of being published than Charlotte Bronte and, with reviewers and readers assuming that she was in fact a male writer, al ...more
I try to seem “hip” and “cool” and “relatable” and “down with the teens” - and of course I totally am all of those things - but also I have my tendencies toward pretension. It’s who I am. Just last night I shuddered at the idea of popular music, like some kind of eight-hundred-year-old gremlin.
I am not proud of this side of me, but it’s who I am. And also it is important background information for you, dear Reader, going into this review. (That direct address to yo ...more
Likely my favourite read for 2020.
For the time being, just basking and swooning.
I know it's out of fashion
And a trifle uncool
But I can't help it
I'm a romantic fool ...more
Well, I have been waiting years to find the perfect place to use this gif:
I reread in late August, early September 2017. I have to say that I should probably reread everything I read bank in High School to get a better perspective.
and that it is. The character of Jane is, to me, one of the most admirable and appealing fictional characters of all time. Poor and plain she may be, but her spirit is indomitable.
In an era when women were expected to be brainless and ornamental, Jane (through the words of Charlotte Bronte) refused to bow to those expectations ...more
i really dont have much else to add that hasnt already been said about this book, considering its been around for 150+ years. but i will admit how impressed i am with how modern this story feels. i think thats a key factor in why i enjoyed this so much - because it doesnt feel like a classic to me.
not only is the writing very accessible and incredibly easy to read, which i d ...more
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Okay, so high school Melanie did not appreciate Jane Eyre! But thankfully, many years later, and because of a few friend’s encouragement, I have seen the light and righted my wrongs, because this reread proved to me how much of a masterpiece Jane Eyre truly is.
This is a very beloved book, that stars an orphan girl name Jane that is trying to figure out the world around her. She’s searching for w ...more
My mother didn't love me and wanted me to go to boarding school. There was a very good one in the nearest city (I lived in a village) about 13 miles away. My father wouldn't hear of it, he went t ...more
…Oh course, Rush Limbaugh is nuts.
In December 2007, on a radio show with an audience of 14.5 million, Limbaugh asked this question about the former first lady's presidential prospects, after an incredibly unflattering picture of her had surfaced: "Will Americans want to watch a woman get older before their eyes on a daily basis? I want you to understand that I'm talking about the evolution of American culture here, and not so ...more
This is so unusual that I smile like a maniac.
"Really? I am so glad to hear that. What are you reading at the moment?"
"Jane Eyre, and it is very hard to understand, but I am 100 pages into it now, and I think it is great!"
"Jane Eyre? Jane Eyre?"
I feel like a young woman who thought she was dedicated to an old, grumpy, blind man and realises there is a vital, young Mr Rochester waiting to be adored again and again underneath the surface.
Jane Eyre is one of those novels that proves me completel ...more
I recently discovered that Charlotte Brontë was a masterful writer. In 1847 she crafted the story of the quite rebellious and strong-willed Jane Eyre, an orphan that sees a lot of death early in life and grows up in an abusive environment. As she gets older and starts to work as a governess the plot emerges into a love story, that is disrupted by terror, violence and horror, caused by the mentally disordered and secretly hidden woman Bertha Mason, w ...more
And yet, I also love her faults. Jane has a temper, she gets jealous, she fights back, and at times she is too obedient, especially when given orders by overbearing men.
What is it about this gothic novel that still makes it a compelling read more than 160 years after it was published? I first came to this story, as I suspect many have, thr ...more
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Charlotte Brontë was born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, the third of six children, to Patrick Brontë (formerly "Patrick Brunty"), an Irish Anglican clergyman, and his wife, Maria Branwell. In April 1820 the fam ...more