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Orphaned as a child Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall where she has been hired by the brooding proud Edward Rochester to care for his ward Adèle Jane finds herself drawn to his troubled yet kind spirit She falls in love Hard But there is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy forbidding Thornfield Hall Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?


10 thoughts on “Jane Eyre

  1. says:

    Yes I suppose you can view this book mostly as a love story That's what I did at age 13 but that's why I was left disappointed back then¹Or you can view this as an story of formation of a strong and independent female protagonist a nineteenth century feminist light years ahead of its time And that's what left my now closer to thirty than twenty self very satisfied and uite frankly rather impressed²¹view spoilerThe guy kept his wife in the attic Seriously no Just no You don't get all the way to your SECOND wedding forgetting to mention that your FIRST wife is hidden in the attic Seriosly Rochester what the hell is wrong with you? How can you even attempt to build a marriage on such a lie??? hide spoiler


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    Reader I gave it five stars Please let me tell you why Jane Eyre is the uintessential Victorian novel It literally has everything that was typical of the period but unlike other novels it has all the elements in one story At the centre is the romance between Jane and Rochester which is enhanced by gothic elements such as the uncanniness of the doppleganger and the spectre like ualities of Bertha In addition it is also a governess novel; these were an incredibly popular type of storytelling in the age and for it to be combined with gothic elements which are interposed with a dualistic relationship between realism and romance is really uite uniue The correct term for this is a hybrid in which no genre voice is dominant; they exist alongside each other creating one rather special book And this is so so special; it’s an excellent piece of literature Jane’s journey is gut wrenching and emotional Through her life she experiences real sorrow the kind that would make a lesser person give up She also experiences real friendship the type that comes across perhaps once in a lifetime But most significantly she experiences true love and the development of independence to form he own ending I really do love this book Bronte utilises the first person narrative which creates a high degree of intimacy with her character; it makes me feel like I know Jane as well as she comes to know her own self “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me I am a free human being with an independent will” Jane’s a strong willed individual From a very young age she had the clarity of intelligence to recognise the injustice that was her life; yes she is narrating her story retrospectively though she still had the perceptiveness to realise how mistreated she was I love the pathetic fallacy Bronte uses at the beginning The child Jane looks out the window shielded by the curtain and witnesses the horrible weather It is cold and bleak; it is windy and morose; thus we can immediately see the internal workings of Jane’s mind The weather reflects her feelings throughout the novel and at the very beginning the situation was at its worse This can also be seen with the fire imagery that represents her rage when she is shoved in the red room; it later mirrors that of Bertha’s fury Everybody needs love children especially so These early experiences help to define her later character and ultimately influence how she sees the world; she still hides behind a curtain in Rochester’s house when he flirts with Miss Ingrum These experiences set her on an almost perpetual uest for love for belonging and for the independence to make her own decisions She finds friendship in the form of Helen Burns; she gives her some sound advice but Jane cannot fully accept such religious fatalism However it does inspire her a little to continue with life; she realises no matter what happens she will always have the love of her greatest friend Jane clings to this idea but ultimately has to seek a permanent solution to her loneliness She needs a vocation one that will fulfil her and give her life meaning; thus she becomes a governess and crosses paths with the downtrodden miserable wretch that is Mr Rochester Sometimes I feel like Rochester didn’t know uite what he wanted When he sees Jane he sees a woman with strength blunt honesty and integrity he sees an emotional eual This attracts her to him which develops into love However when he tries to express his love he does it through trying to claim her as his own Through doing so not only does he show the nature of Victorian marriage he shows his own deep vulnerability He loves her mind her intelligence and he too wants to be loved He longs for it with a frightening passion So instead of doing things the way Jane would have wanted him to do he overwhelms her with expensive affection By doing so he almost loses her All Jane wanted was his heart nothing nothing less By showering her with such flattery and expensive items he insults her independence He risks destroying the thing that attracted him to her in the first place their euality; their mutual respect and love He takes away her dignity I really don’t think the original marriage would have worked Ignore the existence of the mad woman in the attic; I just think Rochester would have spoilt it It would have become too awkward They needed to be on the same societal level as well as one of intellect and character The ending is touching and a little sad but it is the only one that could ever have worked for these two characters Without the tragedy there could never have be rejuvenation and the chance for them to be together on eual terms no matter what it cost to get there If that wasn’t enough reason for me to love this book there are also elements of fantasy and desire This is a realism novel it pertains to credible events but the suggestions of fantasy only add to the strong romantic notions Rochester is enamoured by Jane; he cannot believe that a woman like her actually exists All his misguided notions are brushed away in an instant Whilst he views Jane as special it is clear that he realises that other women may also have a similar rebellious voice only hidden He considers her an elf a witch an improbable woman that has captured his desire his heart his soul his life He knows he will never be the same again From Jane’s point of view her first encounter with him is otherworldly She had grown bored with her governess role and when she sees the approach of Rochester and his dog Pilot she sees the gytrash myth; she wants to see something fantastical instead she finds her heart which is something much rarer Then there are also the feminist elements Jane transgresses the boundary associated with her gender in the Victorian age For a woman to be recognised as having eual intellect to that of a man was sadly a rare thing Women could actually attend university but the downside was they could never get the full degree They could spend months studying though never be recognised as actually having gained the ualification It was just another attempt to keep women under the thumb so for Bronte to portray the truth of Jane’s eual intellect is a great step for the recognition of women and women writers This book received a whole host of negative reviews at the time of its publication for this element alone Stupid really but that’s misogyny for you Reader I love this book I really could go on but this is getting kind of long I hope I’ve made it clear why I love this story so much I shall be reading this again later this year to correspond with my exams which I’m already looking forward to the reading that is not the exams I don’t think will ever have read this story enough thoughYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree


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    Old books get a bad rapbut do they deserve it? Check out my latest BooktTube Video all about the fabulous and not so fabulous Olde Bois The Written Review Though you have a man's vigorous brain you have a woman's heart and it would not do It would do I affirmed with some disdain perfectly well Oh Jane you wondrously bold and beautiful gal After she was orphaned Jane Eyre was sent to live with her maternal uncle and his wife Mrs Reed When her uncle dies he forces his wife to swear to love nurture and care for Jane as if she was their own child Unsurprisingly Mrs Reed is not pleased in the least with this arrangement and does the absolute bare minimum towards Jane She spoils her three biological children but sees Jane as a wicked conniving and devilish child despite ample evidence against I know that had I been a sanguine brilliant careless exacting handsome romping child—though eually dependent and friendless—Mrs Reed would have endured my presence complacently; her children would have entertained for me of the cordiality of fellow feeling Jane is sent off to boarding school where life is harsher than before threadbare clothes small rations but she prefers it for she has finally found what she's been missing There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort At the end of her time there she sets off to be a governess She takes a job for a Mr Rochester and tutors his young ward Adel Only when she arrives at the house she starts to notice certain things The servants know something is up and won't tell her Mr Rochester is hiding a huge mystery and despite the danger and the difference in social standing Jane Eyre is falling ever faster in loveAn absolutely stunning book This is my third time through and each time I am blown away by Jane's strength of character With every twist life hurled at her Jane merely straightened her shoulders adjusted her pack and trudged on Each time I read this novel I notice something different This time it was how much Charlotte Bronte slipped her own beliefs into the novel Precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow minded in their privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockingsIt is thoughtless to condemn them or laugh at them if they seek to do or learn than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex It made for a truly eye opening reread The ABC Reading Challenge J Audiobook CommentsRead by Nadia May I may be the only one with this but whenever I read a really old novel I find it much easier to listen to opposed to reading a copy I spend less time puzzling out the language and unfamiliar terms and time enjoying the story I highly recommend listening to this book if you've tried reading it and just couldn't get into itYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading


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    FIVE REASONS WHY JANE EYRE WOULD NEVER BE A BESTSELLER IN OUR TIMES5 Four hundred odd pages of purely descriptive writing4 Overt religious themes and moral preaching3 A plain Jane heroine who stays plain No makeovers to reveal a hitherto hidden prettiness that only needed an application of hydrogen peroxide and some eyebrow plucking to emerge full blown2 The world is not well lost for love In the war between self respect and grand passion principles win hands down Rousing yet tender speeches do not make our heroine forsake her creed to fall swooning and submissive into her alpha's arms 1 NO SEXWhen I was a little girl I had a doll named Saloni Now Saloni wasn't a particularly attractive specimen as dolls go especially since over the years I had drilled a hole in her little rosebud mouth in order to 'feed' her I had 'brushed' her hair till all the poor synthetic threads had fallen out and I had dragged her around with me so much one of her big blue eyes had fallen off But in my eyes Saloni was the best doll ever created She was my comfort my mainstay in a world filled with confusing new things like school and daycare and other little people Jane Eyre is my grown up version of Saloni Comfort food for my brain There are two authors I will read over and over and over again until the day I die One of them is Charlotte Bronte the other one is Georgette Heyer I have read Jane Eyre a million times but I never tire of the story Every time I reach the scene where she professes her love to Mr Rochester I come out in goosebumps Every single time Age and experience have taught me to spot the flaws in the story and the characters The ineffable belief in English superiority The condescending attitude towards servants and people of the lower class The ill treatment of mentally disabled people The almost uaker ish sentiments of Jane Eyre But all of this detracts not a whit from one of the greatest love stories ever told And there are a lot of things to admire in this book as well Edward Rochester ugly as sin but powerful and dominant and unbelievably attractive in spite of his looks A love that grows and strengthens on the basis of mutual sympathy respect and a meeting of the minds that a lot of our authors would do well to learn from Jane Eyre who does not think that her great love excuses acts of selfishness and immorality Despite being drawn as a somewhat submissive personality Jane manages to hold her own with uiet fortitude never loudly asserting her intelligence or talent but nonetheless displaying a strength of character that would put the Bellas and Noras of out time to shame Jane Eyre would never as I have said above be a bestseller if it had been written in our times And that is a loss we must take upon ourselves That we have put such prime value on lust and looks and power that we have forgotten to be real in our writing There is a reason why millions of people the world over remember and revere a book written a hundred and fifty odd years ago while the bestsellers of our times slip uickly and uietly from our memories Jane Eyre is than just a beautiful book about a love story that transcends all boundaries; it is a testament to the power of pure emotion that can be felt through the ages and across all barriers of time and culture


  5. says:

    I could bang Mr Rochester like a screen door 'till next Tuesday That's not all I got from this book honestly


  6. says:

    I feel like an ass saying this but who actually thinks this is a cute romance? What the actual fNow that this is out of the way I did like Jane as a character and I also liked the portion of the book about her childhood but the two RoMaNcEs were train wrecks and if I hear anyone say they love M Rochester I will forever judge youPride and Prejudice Jane EyreThere I said it


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    “‘Jane be still; don't struggle so like a wild frantic bird that is rending its own plumage in its desperation’ ‘I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you’” I am glad that in 1847 Charlotte Bronte made the decision to publish her novel under a male pseudonym Currer Bell had a much better chance of being published than Charlotte Bronte and with reviewers and readers assuming that she was in fact a male writer allowed the novel a chance to be weighed properly without prejudice Jane Eyre became a bestseller The uestion is of course would the novel have been so successful or even published at all if CHARLOTTE BRONTE had been emblazoned on the cover? I like to think that some editor would have realized the bloody brilliance of the story and would have published it anyway even if they didn’t spend any money on promoting it Would readers have bought it? Hopefully word would have trickled out about how compelling the plot was and people would have overcome their natural prejudice for reading a novel by a woman So isn’t it fun that Charlotte tricked everyone including her own father? She did not confess her efforts to him until she had become successful Even writing these words I have a smile on my face thinking of this successful bamboozlement of publishers editors and readers The story of course is larger than the book Most people with any kind of inuisitive nature have been exposed to the bare bones of this novel without ever reading the book Maybe they watched a movie based on the book or maybe they have heard it referenced Once read it is impossible for people not to use aspects of this novel as common reference points for other readers Take Mr Edward Fairfax Rochester himself the master of Thornfield Hall He is a brooding complicated dark and intelligent creature He is a force of nature who conforms the world around him with every stride he takes or every word that drops from his lips He is the embodiment of the Lord Byron character It doesn’t matter that he is not handsome He is powerful Women swoon in his presence and after a carefully administered smelling salt might start calculating what he is worth a year Rochester is completely taken by Jane Eyre practically from the moment they meet The drama of their meeting is one of those great cinematic scenes in the history of literature Bronte incorporates many scenes into the novel that are frankly gifts to future movie renditions Rochester has never met anyone uite like her He is not alone Everyone who comes into contact with Jane Eyre knows they have met a uniue person She is a kind and pleasant person but she will not brook any discriminations against her character Mrs Reed her aunt Mr Brocklehurst director of Lowood School attended by Jane Mr St John Eyre Rivers minister who asks to marry her and even Mr Rochester all attempt to conform Jane to the acceptable deferring Victorian woman of the time To call this a feminist novel does put it in a box which constrains it too tightly Jane or Charlotte either one would loosen those bindings and let it breath as Charlotte’s intentions with this novel go well beyond the confines of any specific genre I found her ideas of female euality embodied so wonderfully in the character of Jane inspiring ”Women are supposed to be very calm generally but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties and a field for their effort as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint too absolute a stagnation precisely as men would suffer and it is narrow minded in their privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings to playing on the piano and embroidering bags It is thoughtless to condemn them or laugh at them if they seek to do or learn than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex” I hear you Charlotte Can you imagine the impact of such words on your typical Victorian housewife? A woman who has lived her whole life being the daughter of her father the wife of her husband the mother of her sons She has been passed from the care of one man after another If she were fortunate enough to be born pretty she has that brief moment of power when suiters contend for her hand but probably ultimately her father would decide who was best for her to marry How about the impact of reading this novel on the typical Victorian man? Did he look up from this book and peer over at his wife she looking rosy in the firelight knitting away at some frivolous thing and thinkdoes she want ? Or maybe he sees his pretty daughter enter the room on the verge of womanhood and does he consider the possibility that she wants or deserves ? There is no spark of revolution inspired by this book but I do hope that this book may have chipped away at some of the archaic ideas of ineuality Maybe a few women readers realized that some of those secret desires they have harbored their whole life were not such strange concepts When Jane stands up to the conformists she encounters she is willing to take the punishment because she knows in her soul that what she believes about herself is incontestable This is no better illustrated than in her interactions with I’m sorry to say this because it isn’t completely fair the odious St John Eyre Rivers He wants to marry her but only for the sake that he believes she will make a wonderful useful missionary wife He doesn’t love her She is willing to go but only as a “sister” not as a wife Jane refuses to compromise but there is this moment where she is teetering in the balance I’m mentally screaming to her at this point ”I shuddered as he spoke I felt his influence in my marrow his hold on my limbs” He is a cold man who would have gladly marched OUR Jane off to some godforsaken part of the world to die some horrible death from disease or from simple neglect I know the plot; and yet I’m still completely invested in every scene There is always the possibility that I’ve fallen into an alternative universe and I am reading some other version of Jane Eyre with a completely different ending I can assure everyone this did not happen When Jane is residing with Mrs Read she describes her place to sleep as a “small closet” I can’t help but think of the closet under the stairs at 4 Privet Drive Like Harry Potter she is also an orphan but still with a rebellious streak because she is also sure that she is supposed to be someone other than who she is currently perceived to be The relief she experiences when she learns she is getting away from the condescending attitude of the Read house and going away to school at Lowood also reminds me of Harry’s relief to discover he too is escaping to Hogwarts Though I must say Harry despite the trials and tribulations he experiences draws a better straw than Miss Jane I really enjoyed the gothic elements; those were to a degree completely unexpected ”’Oh sir I never saw a face like it It was a discoloured face it was a savage face I wish I could forget the roll of the red eyes and the fearful blackened inflation of the lineaments’ ‘Ghost are usually pale Jane’ ‘This sir was purple the lips were swelled and dark; the brow furrowed the black eyebrows widely raised over the bloodshot eyes Shall I tell you of what it reminded me?’ ‘You may’ ‘Of the foul German spectre the Vampyre’” There are noises in the night at Thornfield Hall There is an unknown tenant locked away in the rafters of the house There are secrets There are unexpected fires There are scandals waiting to be known In fact the twists of the plot were considered so outrageous for the time that the book acuired a reputation for being “improper” This helped to boost sales further The Bronte family was very close They grew up conceiving their own stories and fantasies and acting them out in impromptu plays All three girls and the brother Branwell were writers Tragically they all died young Charlotte outlived them all dying in 1855 at the age of 38 with her unborn child Branwell 31 and Emily 30 both passed away in 1848 and Anne died the following year at the age of 29 Can you imagine having to bury all your siblings? It must have felt like the spectre of death was stalking the Brontes What makes Rochester uniue is that he does eventually see Jane the way she sees herself ”Fair as a lily and not only the pride of his life but the desire of his eyes” I will remember that line ”desire of his eyes” for a long time She is a hidden gem in rooms full of people Charlotte Bronte makes some good points through Jane’s eyes at how unaware wealthy people are of the true natures of those who serve them I would talk about the love story but what is there to say It is one for the ages I would say that Charlotte Bronte never found her Rochester in real life but some letters have come to light written to a man named Constantin Héger that suggests that maybe she did He was married to someone else and when Elizabeth Gaskell wrote the biography of her friend she carefully edited out those very revealing letters of a love that could never be Jane Eyre may you always find the readers you deserve If you wish to see of my most recent book and movie reviews visit also have a Facebook blogger page at


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    I am a very pretentious personI try to seem “hip” and “cool” and “relatable” and “down with the teens” and of course I totally am all of those things but also I have my tendencies toward pretension It’s who I am Just last night I shuddered at the idea of popular music like some kind of eight hundred year old gremlinI am not proud of this side of me but it’s who I am And also it is important background information for you dear Reader going into this review That direct address to you as an audience member was me emulating this book not an example of my pretension Or was it???Anyway It’s important that you know my capacity to be pretentious so that I can make this statementI don’t get how any reader can say they don’t like classicsOof A doozy right? Aren’t you glad I warned you? Now you know that that wasn’t just a one off of self serious condescension but rather a pattern of my personality and oh sht actually my explanation probably made the whole thing a million times worse Now I’ve painted my insufferability as consistentCome back everyone Let me explainWhat I need to explain is that this book is excellent and also a classic It is very very old but sometimes old stuff is still worth it I should know I have the mannerisms of the type of grumpy old man that gets endearingly profiled in Scandinavian bestsellersThis is not the classic I would recommend that someone start with if they’re looking to get into the genre It is very very slow and very wordy and the language takes some settling in But also this book is a literal gemIt was published in 19th century England which is no one’s idea of Progressive Central But this book is jarringly feminist when the constraints it and Jane were working in are taken into account Jane is an independent woman and this book from eighteen freakin’ forty seven tells her storyNow I love Jane Austen books as much as the next girl if the next girl is pretty damn obsessed with Jane Austen but that’s something not even all her books can sayHere’s the thing about this book I love nineteenth century fiction or what I’ve read of it but even if you didn’t you’d probably love this book So much of this is uniue by the standards of then but also even the standards of today It’s a romance yes which extremely normal But it’s a romance between two characters who are not conventionally beautiful which is unbelievably rare It’s also not a romance that acts as basically the sole option for its female character I love Pride Prejudice and I of course think Lizzie Bennet is a feminist and awesome character but there’s no way for that book to end really that doesn’t include marriage for her Three of the five Bennet sisters get married over the course of that book It’s either that or old maid status babyBut not lil Jane Eyre She does not allow marriage to be the only prospect for her She goes away and makes a life for herself and then decides whether she wants to follow that path We don’t even see that in every 21st century romancePlus Jane is an excellent character and of a type we RARELY see She’s serious and upstanding and smart and moral She has a strong mind and she doesn’t shy away from that She lacks the reuisite features of today’s female subjects of romance the uirkiness or the humor or the adorkable way she trips and fallsspills coffeeetc She also lacks the nineteenth century version of a lot of those traits And it is so goddamn refreshing I can’t even tell youAnd on top of all that the language in this book is so gorgeous I want the whole manuscript tattooed on meWhich would be wild because this is about a million pages long And speaking of yes it is very slow and hard to get into and basically you have to adjust to a whole new reading experience So I wouldn’t recommend starting off your nineteenth century fiction binge with this bookBut I would recommend getting into nineteenth century fiction solely for the purpose of reading this bookBottom line IT’S JUST SO DAMN GOOD YOU GUYS pre reviewhey umi love this book so stupid much???if you've got a free few hours over the course of the next few months i HIGHLY recommend rereading this book at a snail's pace worked out for me very welli should probably shout about my adoration of this book for several pages so full review 2 come


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    Child neglect near death a dash of magical realism the power of love the powerlessness of the poor sexual rivalry mystery madness and It is as powerful as ever but is it really a love story given Rochester's Svengali tendencies or is it a life story? His downfall and her inheritance make them eual but is it really love on his part? I'm not sure which is what makes it such a good book just not necessarily a love story I also like the tension between it being very Victorian in some obvious ways and yet controversially modern in others an immoral hero a fiercely independent and assertive heroine and some very unpleasant Christians it's not that I think Christians are bad or like seeing them portrayed in a nasty way it's Bronte's courage in writing such characters I admire ChildhoodAbout the first uarter of the book concerns the tremendous hardship and abuse that Jane suffers growing up It's often heavily cut from film TV and stage adaptations but despite the fluff about this being a great love story I think there is merit in paying attention to her formative years as an essential element of explaining what makes Jane the person she becomesThe Red Room where young Jane is banished shortly before being sent to Lowood is a very short episode in the book but its significance is probably greater than its brevity implies The trauma of the Red Room is not just because Mr Reed died there but because of the associations of red blood death compounded by cold silence blinds that are always closed and a bed like a sacrificial altar Is it also some sort of reference to Bertha's attic?Jane endures dreadful hardships she is orphaned; her aunt says she is less than a servant for you do nothing for your keep and invokes the wrath of God who might strike her dead in the midst of one of her tantrums; she endures injustice as she strives to be good but is always condemned while the faults of her cousins are indulged or ignored So she is sent to Lowood where she sees the hypocritical tyranny of Brocklehurst survives cold and near starvation and witnesses her best friend's death Nevertheless I would not have exchanged Lowood with all its privations for Gateshead and its daily luxuries There is a dreadful irony in the fact that the first time a relative demonstrates any interest in her John Eyre it seems to ruin everything Villains and ChristianityWho is the worst villain John Reed Aunt Reed Mr Brocklehurst Blanche Ingram St John Rivers or even Rochester?Christianity gets a very mixed press in the book Mr Brocklehurst is cruel and comically hypocritical curly hair is evil vanity in poor girls who must not conform to nature but fine for his pampered daughters; St John Rivers thinks his devoutness selfless but is actually cold and selfish his motive being to gain glory in Heaven for himself; Helen Burns is a redemptive Christ figure who accepts her punishments as deserved helps Jane tame herself Helen had calmed me and of course dies Jane's own beliefs or lack are always somewhat vague though she's very moral and controversially feisty When as a small girl the nasty Brocklehurst asks her what she should do to avoid going to Hell she replies I must keep in good health and not dieAspects the way Christianity is portrayed may make it accessible to modern readers from secular backgrounds but might have been shocking to devout Victorians Perhaps they were placated by the fact that despite the cruelty Jane forgives Aunt Reed for trying to improve her errant niece even though it was in her nature to wound me cruellyMale Power Feminism and Relevance TodayMen had most of the power and respect in Bronte's time and often Jane has to go along with that However Bronte does subvert that to some extent by making Jane so assertive determined and independent The story of Jane Eyre has parallels with the story of Bluebeard albeit with a very different ending in which the woman takes charge of her own destiny Bluebeard was well known in Victorian fables as a rich and swarthy man who locked discarded wives in an attic though he killed them first He took a new young wife and when she discovered her predecessors he was about to kill her but she was rescued by her brothers rather as Mason wants to rescue Bertha Jane even likens an attic corridor to one in some Bluebeard's castle so Bronte clearly knew the story and assumed he readers did too See her minimal contact with men right from the outset Jane instinctively knows how to respond to the man she describes as changeful and abrupt When they first meet in the house and he is uizzing her she consciously mirrors his tone I speaking as seriously as he had done and His changes of mood did not offend me because I saw I had nothing to do with their alteration Like many bullies he enjoys a bit of a fight rather than the nervous prompt and unuestioning obedience his manner normally elicits and Jane isn't afraid to answer him back and speak her mind It isn't long before she can say I knew the pleasure of vexing him and soothing him by turns When Blanche arrives Jane realises he had not given her his love and that she could not charm him as she could At this point she realises her self delusions in overlooking his faults and merely considering them as keen condimentsWhat should modern women make of this book? Bronte is radical in that neither Jane nor Rochester is conventionally attractive it is personality that matters and Jane is fiercely independent and assertive even when she gives the impression of being submissive She even says Women are supposed to feel very calm generally but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint precisely as men would suffer On the other hand Rochester's treatment of Jane Bertha Blanche and Céline is hard to justify other than the fact he keeps Bertha alive why not kill her? Does disappointment and disability truly changed him and does that coupled with her independent wealth make them euals? Will they live happily ever after?RochesterWhat were Rochester's plans and motives for his relationship with Jane? Why does he insist that Jane appears in the drawing room every evening while Blanche and friends are staying even though he fully understands and comments on how depressed it makes Jane? And would Rochester have married Blanche if Mason hadn't turned up making a big society wedding impossible? If so was Jane always in his mind as a mistress and backup in case marriage to Blanche was not possible or did he only decide to marry her much later? What sort of basis for a happy marriage is that and can the eualising effect of his later disability and her inheritance really conuer it? It's true that Rochester tells Jane I feigned courtship of Miss Ingram because I wished to render you as madly in love with me as I was with you but that is after Mason's visit so is it true?Rochester's treatment of Bertha is even problematic divorce wasn't viable and yet he didn't want to leave her behind in the Caribbean very odd In a funny sort of way he might have felt he was doing the right thing by her or at least not the wrong thing In a society which condemns divorce and cohabitation is Rochester's planned bigamy justifiable? As Rochester hints to Jane early on Unheard of combinations of circumstances demand unheard of rules He also knows that Jane's integrity means she must be unaware of the details if he is to be with her he says that if he asked her to do something bad she would say no sir I cannot do it because it is wrong though in fact there is a bigger tussle between her head and heart than he might have expected Later he ponders the fact that she is alone in the world as being some sort of justification It will atone and extends to the blasphemous and deluded I know my Maker sanctions what I do For the world's judgement I wash my hands thereof St JohnJane's bond with St John is very different and she realise it I daily wished to please him; but to do so I felt daily and that I must disown half my nature His proposal is positively alarming You are formed for labour not for love A missionary's wife you must shall be You shall be mine I claim you not for my pleasure but for my Sovereign's service Under the guise of serving God and man he is irredeemably self servingMagic Realism?The strangest element is the small but hugely significant ethereal message from Rochester that might now be called magical realism It sits oddly with the rest of the book but I can never decide whether this is it a strength or a weaknessWho Knows What?A constant theme is who knows what? Is Aunt Reed ignorant of how awful Lowood is and has she truly convinced herself that her treatment of Jane is appropriate? How much does Mrs Fairfax know and tell about Rochester's wives current and intended? Does Rochester know whether or not Adele is really his daughter and what does Jane believe? Blanche appears to know very little but is she only seeing what she wants to see? Love?Overall there is so much in this book it is well worth rereading but I am not convinced that it is a love story It is the easiest label to apply and although Jane certainly finds love I am not sure that love finds her They're intellectually well matched and the sparring and physical attraction bode well On the other hand my doubts about his motivations when he was juggling Blanche and Jane make me uneasy Incidentally I first read this book at school a naive mid teen enjoys and appreciates it for very different reasons than an adult One day we were at a point when Jane was with the Rivers and possibly being courted by St John We were told to read to page x for homework so I turned to that page to mark it and saw the famous words not that I knew they were Reader I married him and was shocked to assume it referred to St JohnJane's Place in My LifeThere are many reasons I love this book including but not limited to1 The cliché of first reading this at an impressionable age 152 Coming with no preconceptions other than knowing it was a classic so I had a couple of big surprises in the plot3 Being at a boarding school myself at the time though fortunately not much like Lowood4 uestioning my faith and the role of religion then and since5 uestioning the roles and rights of women then and since6 Jane herself That's a major one7 The fact the book is daringly subversive for its time most of the Christians are bad and Jane is fiercely outspoken and independent most of the time 8 I get something new from it each timeLike many I first read this at school I was captivated from the outset Jane was wild and brave and rebellious all things we weren't supposed to be and yet we had to read and write about her I vaguely knew about the wedding scene but everything about her time with the Rivers was new and unexpected For all that I had doubts about Rochester I felt in a naive teenage way I shared a passion for him When I thought Jane would end up with St John I was devastated The actual ending was a happy relief all the so because it had been unexpected I thought I understood the book and got good marks for essays about it apart from the injustice of being deducted marks for a comment a teacher refused to believe I hadn't copied from Brodie's Notes a study guide I'd only ever heard of But like all great works of art it speaks differently on each encounter and the I've read it aided by a bit of maturity along the way and now discussions with GR friends the I've seen in itSo no this not a love story on the pages But there is a love story between the reader and Jane PreuelI finally read Jean Rhys' preuel Wide Sargasso Sea reviewed here FilmI was disappointed with the Jane Eyre film Mia Waskikowska was good as Jane and it looked right but Fassbender as Rochester was awful He didn't brood enough for my liking but what I think is less excusable is that he didn't really change during the course of the story Just as bad Jamie Bell was too nice to be St John In fact the whole episode at the Rivers' was very poorly done Overall it removed all ambiguity making a complex story of truth and lies divided loyalty and mixed emotions boringly straightforward


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    The kind of novel that makes one believe in love again or at least desire to hold on to the illusion Likely my favourite read for 2020For the time being just basking and swooning inebriatedSpeechless I know it's out of fashionAnd a trifle uncoolBut I can't help itI'm a romantic fool