Book Review/ /Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë


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

Summary: A suspenseful, perplexing story, yet exceedingly stunning, and inspiring.
The little orphan, Jane Eyre, went through some difficulties that no person should have to endure. Her earlier life was full of torment and hate, however, she did not allow her past to influence her future. She involuntarily became a beacon of light to all the characters around her. Her selflessness encouraged the weak and feeble-minded. Her independence and strong will determined the strong faith she had in her Lord and God.
After being aroused by her only (known) living relative, Aunt Reed, who tortured younger Jane, and hated her with all her being, Jane decides to run away. She stays in a charity school for young orphaned girls for 8 years. Once she reaches the age of maturity and freedom for a young woman of 18, she decides to enter into the world headstrong and unconnected to her relations. Her letter of seeking a job in the newspaper gets answered and her petition for becoming a governess, granted. Jane leaves the Lowood charity school for young girls and moves to the infamous, massive, ancient, Thornfield Hall, where she adopts the duty of teaching a young pupil, Adèle. Jane welcomes her new life and accepts the responsibilities, even though the dark secrets that haunt Thornfield nudged her sanity. Wandering the meadows surrounding the grand Hall, Jane abruptly meets the Master over Thornfield. After that insignificant encounter, the two began to form an unconcealed attraction for one another. Despite the genuine love for each other, the dark skeletons in the closets, (or maniacs in the attic), inevitably separate them from being together.
Jane's painful decision to choose between self-centered desires or the honorable conduct, convince her of what's crucial in life.
Basking in misery, she leaves Thornfield for a reason I cannot share, for it would ruin the entire personal experience of the story for you, the reader. Jane, obscured in the world, tries to find shelter elsewhere. Stumbling upon a little cottage miles, and miles, away from her previous safe-haven she finds a humble family. Treated with kindness and warmth, the River family give her something that she never truly had before; a family. After being adopted into this new family, she gets offers of purpose in the world around her, some that she accepts naturally and some not-so-much. One of those offers halter her relationship with one of her new family members and awaken a true revelation inside of Jane. That revelation is a new aspiration and realization to what her true calling in the world is. The prior heartache that she secretly hid for a year gets dug up. Her recollection of love and devotion provokes her to return to Thornfield Hall where she left not knowing the wreckage that was occurring.
Hastily discovering the ruin and loss in which had happened during her absence, the life that she knew before had absolutely changed. Her love, however, did not, nor did Mr. Rochester's. Their lives and dedication to one another were overwhelming. Sad and horrendous is their fate to some, but completely beautiful to all.

Thoughts: This story teaches love and sacrifice, patience and long-suffering.
Jane and the many wonderful characters in Charlotte Bronte's book have become some of my definite favorites now.

Genre: Classic Literature, Romance, Historical Fiction, and 19-th Century

Appropriate Age: 12+


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