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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...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
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. ...more
‘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
"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 dies, he forces his wife to swear to love, nurture and care for Jane as if she was their own child.
Unsurprisingly, Mrs. Reed is not pleased in the least with this arrangement and do ...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
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
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.
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
…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
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
Jane Eyre (originally published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography) is a novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë, published under the pen name "Currer Bell", on 16 October 1847, by Smith, Elder & Co. of London, England. Jane Eyre is divided into 38 chapters. It was originally published in three volumes, as was common in the 19th century, comprising chapters 1 to 15, 16 to 27, and 28 to 38.
The novel is a first-person narrative from the perspective of the title charact ...more
This goes to show how much I love this book and this journey of Jane. I think what I love the most is exactly the fact that it takes you on an amazing journey, and Jane changes so radically from beginning to end. As a reader, you are rooting for her and your f ...more
What do I write about you Jane? Words fall short when I try to.
Jane, you are so much a part of me as I am yo ...more
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