Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead and 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.
- Unconventional heroine
- It went against society
- Jane's independence
"Do you think I am an automaton? — a machine without feelings? and can bear to have my morsel of bread snatched from my lips, and my drop of living water dashed from my cup? Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain, and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! — I have as much soul as you — and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you. I am not talking to you now through the medium of custom, conventionalities, nor even of mortal flesh: it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal — as we are”
- Diversity of Characters
- Beauty is in the eye of the beholder
And just for good measure, here's a few quotes:
“’Do you know where the wicked go after death? [Preacher talking to Jane]’
‘They go to Hell’ was my ready and orthodox answer.
‘And what is Hell? Can you tell me that?’
‘A pit full of fire.’
‘And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?’
‘What must you do to avoid it?’
I deliberated a moment; my answer, when it did come, was objectionable. ‘I must keep in good health and not die.’”
What a darling child.
“’You examine me, Miss Eyre,’ said he: ‘do you think me handsome?’
I should, if I deliberated, have replied to this question by something conventionally vague and polite; but the answer somehow slipped from my tongue before I was aware: ‘No, sir.’”
Romance, Historical Fiction, Gothic, Classic
thematic elements and hard subjects that are best discerned with age
Intense fire scene, woman stabbing a man and descriptions of the blood, woman lighting a bed on fire while someone is sleeping in it, and a few other scenes such as that
Romance, but nothing explicit aside from kissing.
So, how do you feel about it now?