5 July 2016

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte
Pages: 507
Genre: Classic, Romance, Gothic,
Book Description:
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed.

With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte's innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.

My Opinion:
Beginning with a young girl and ending with a strong and capable young lady, we follow Jane Eyre as she develops through life, encountering many wonderful people and going on some unusual adventures!

Of course, the protagonist here if my favourite character but not for the reasons one may think. The character development here is fantastic and makes reading a slow plot (at times) bearable. Jane is strong willed and awfully judgmental, however this is what makes her so likeable! She's unusual and unlike most other female characters written during this similar time (for instance, many of Austen's creations who follow a similar path in the desperation to be married) Jane is independent and is looking for the reliance of no one! She possesses many feminist qualities that I love and remains true to her independence throughout.

Overall the plot line was quite slow at times, expected with a classic novel but it did pick up throughout and there were times where I was really intrigued to see what happened next, such as the plot twist with the marriage! The ending was fabulous to read and not something you'd expect from such a classic novel that's often compared with other writers of the time like Austen's masterpieces. Compared to everything previously in the book it was really happy and something I'm so pleased to have occurred!
Another unique aspect of the novel was the narration in which the narrator, Jane, addressed the reader many times. She'd refer to you as 'reader' directly and that isn't something I've come across in any book before so it was nice to be connected in that way.

To round up, the plot line was slow in scenes but I feel that the ending, plot twists and strong willed characters really made up for this. It's certainly an excellent classic that I'm so glad to have finally read!

Favourite Quotes:

And with that answer he left me. I would much rather he had knocked me down.


I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will


I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself


Reader, I married him

Rating ★
3 out of 5 stars 

 Next book I'm going to review:
Stardust by Neil Gaimen

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