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Monday, October 24, 2005

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

This is the saga of an orphan girl forced to make her way alone in the world, from Lowood School to Thornfield, the estate of the majestically moody Mr. Rochester, and beyond. Jane Eyre's sorrows, triumphs, and love are woven together in an almost magical way that keeps you reading until the end. There is mystery, suspense, and drama in this book, and also humor and happiness.


  • Jane Eyre, a nonfiction romance written by Charlotte Brontë, is set in London during the nineteenth century. Jane Eyre, the protagonist of the novel, is an orphan forced to make her way alone in the world, from Lowood School to Thornfield, to become the governess of the estate of Mr. Rochester. Throughout the novel, Jane gains a sense of love without losing her autonomy and marries Mr. Rochester. Jane Eyre portrays the theme of the need to fulfill the desires of loved ones versus the necessity to maintain one's personal integrity and autonomy.

    Orphaned as an infant, Jane is forced to live with her aunt, Mrs. Reed of Gateshead Hall and is later sent to Lowood School. After her education is complete, she accepts the position of governess at Thornfield and falls in love with her master, Mr. Rochester. For the first time since she was a child, Jane is truly loved by another, but Rochester harbors a dark secret that threatens their love. Unwilling to yield to her own desires and autonomy, Jane is unsure how to react.

    I found Jane Eyre ‘inspirational’ and ‘powerful’, showing how an abused child grows to become an independent young woman. She has hope and bravery when she has no reason to believe in happy endings. This book was well written and is filled with romance and relationships. Although this is a historical novel, the themes still apply to today’s society. I agree with Brontë’s use of feministic values throughout the novel, in order to portray Jane as an independent woman.

    Brontë has written a story that that feels real, a story of a relationship that was destined to fail. Their social standings physically separate Jane and Rochester, but Jane overcomes abuse, social class, and the affects of insanity to gain her independence to eventually marry Mr. Rochester.

    This book would be good for someone who enjoys relationships and romance. Even though this book starts out slow, the pace will eventually pick up and become more eventful.

    Jane Eyre portrays the theme of the need to fulfill the desires of loved ones versus the necessity to maintain one's personal integrity and autonomy. Readers will learn of the Victorian social classes and society, as well as how to overcome obstacles in order to maintain independence.

    By Blogger LindseyM, at 5:17 PM  

  • Jane Eyre a novel by Charlotte Brontë portrays an autobiography. This is a fiction novel about the struggles people go through to finally reach their dreams in life in this case being love. The main theme in the novel is love as well as staying true to oneself.
    Jane Eyre is the main character in the novel that grows up an orphan in her evil Aunt Reeds house. Throughout the novel Jane strives to be loved and to love someone, but she doesn’t want to become controlled; she wants to stay independent and continue thinking for herself.
    I agreed with the fact that Brontë kept Jane optimistic throughout the novel. I never felt that Jane gave up her beliefs because something went wrong. Jane was a role model for me in the way that she was always looking for something to strive for and she always stayed true to herself. I agree with the whole idea of the novel, showing the struggles everyone goes through in their lives at one point or another. I think it is a good example of how society, even now, works. Jane traveled new paths and eventually she found the right path that worked out for her life. It really shows that there is a path out there for everyone. It reminds me of the poem by Robert Frost, “The Road Less Traveled.”
    I thoroughly enjoyed the novel. You have to be the type of person who likes romance novels. I found the book to be very suspenseful, but also very predictable. Pick a book that you are really going to like and if while you are reading it and it seems “not your style” choose a different book because the project is much easier if you like the book. Seriously and I know everyone says this, but DON’T PROCRASTINATE. This is a huge project worth many points and it will affect your grade. During your presentation sound excited about your book and know what you are talking about otherwise it sounds like you didn’t read the book. Mainly just Have Fun with it!

    By Blogger erinb, at 10:18 AM  

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