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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is iconic. It’s a classic that is right up there with Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Little Women. It’s one of my favorite books.
What is Jane Eyre about? Jane Eyre is about an orphan girl, Jane Eyre (naturally), who is sent to live in a boarding school called Lowood School. Lowood is a horrible place. They hit and harm their students. Yet, Jane manages to get an education and a list of other accomplishments there. She spends all of her childhood and all of her teenage years there until she is ready to graduate.
With her education Jane is able to work. She advertises as a governess, or a teacher, for wealthy patrons and their children. She receives an answer to her advertisement: a manor called Thornfield Hall.
Jane moves to Thornfield and teaches a young French girl named Adèle. Jane’s life as a teacher is steady and sound. But one day she meets a stranger on the foggy road. It is Mr. Rochester, the owner of Thornfield Hall.
Mr. Rochester is all secrets and shadow. Jane rarely interacts with him but she relishes every time they meet. Mr. Rochester, however? His feelings are shrouded in mystery… because a mystery, a tragedy, surrounds Mr. Rochester. Who is he? Why does he behave in a reclusive, cryptic manner?
You’ll have to read for yourself to find out.
I love Jane Eyre. It is romantic and dark. Jane is the draw of the book. She isn’t your typical heroine. She isn’t overtly brave like a police officer. She isn’t glamorous. She is a slight, dark haired and plain woman. But a fire burns brightly inside Jane–a strong spirit that guides her from an abusive school, to a steady job, and, finally, toward love.
Some portions of the novel were deep and atmospheric. You really get into the head of the characters… into the sorrow that they feel.
Also, I think Charlotte Brontë wrote one of the first instances of mental illness in the book. A few characters deal with depression and other deep psychiatric issues that are critical parts to the book.
This book is serious, romantic, and heartfelt.
I give this book 5/5 stars.
Yours with infinite love,
Ava Lily Porter