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Jane Eyre Review
Jane Eyre is a novel written by Charlotte Bronte and it follows a young girl named Jane Eyre as she navigates orphanhood in an oppressive society where she searches for love and appreciation. This novel starts off really well with the orphanhood of Jane and the issues it brings are really compelling and the relationship between her and her family is really compelling. However, as the novel moves forward it changes so quickly into a weirdly Gothic love story with some questionable motives from the character she falls in love with, Rochester. It kind of loses its way and I feel like it realizes it and tries to reconnect with past events later in the novel with a certain character entering. This novel also has a lot of unexplained happenings and the ending isn’t justified whatsoever. It’s a novel of its time but the lessons it aims to teach are questionable at best and the novel has issues with pacing as it moves so quickly in some spots and slows down in others. In my opinion, the prequel or precursor to the events of this novel Wide Sargasso Sea is much stronger and much more nuanced and makes decisions that make sense with the characters and the description given in Jane Eyre. This novel starts off well but in terms of narrative direction, it loses its way and struggles with getting back to its strong start and goes back to reconnect to the past events of the characters involved. However, Gothic imagery and tone is very vivid and prevalent it’s one of the novel’s strengths but it doesn’t play into it as well as it could.
3 out of 5 stars
Age Rating: 13-above
As one of the most renowned romance stories in history, author Charlotte Bronte takes her readers on the whirlwind and dark journey of the life of a simple girl named Jane Eyre. In the novel, Jane battles against the abuse she endures at the hands of her aunt, cousins, and her school, Lowood. Although Jane demonstrates immense strength as she perseveres through the death of her best friend and a daunting virus epidemic, she is at a loss for words when she encounters the mysterious Mr. Rochester. As his hired governess, Jane discovers that Mr. Rochester fuels fire and passion inside of Jane that she cannot resist, nevertheless she knows he is wrong for her. However, later in the novel she also happens upon another man named St. John in another estate, the Moor House, whose relationship and demeanor with Jane is simple, yet, cold. The novel Jane Eyre draws in readers with the alluring charm of both of the men, the picturesque and peculiar estates that Jane travels to, eerie supernatural events, and the historic love triangle of Jane and her two men. Jane Eyre is a must-read for readers who crave a sense of uncertainty, love, and female strength in the literary works they read. Thus, take the journey with Jane as she struggles to defy societal expectations of women and choose between her two ultimate lovers- will she choose fire or will she choose ice? I have rated this novel a 4 out of 5 because I enjoyed the strength that Bronte is able to convey to readers about female resilience. Also, the love story between Jane and her two men is well thought out and grabs the reader's attention as they sit on the edge of their seat, waiting for Jane's final choice.
This novel is a dark Gothic mystery, a passionate romance, a renowned classic, and a spirited advocate for feminism. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë was published in 1847, a novel possessing many powerful elements, featuring Jane Eyre as a non-conforming and courageous heroine. The reader is introduced to Jane, a ten-year-old who, despite the oppressive and abusive circumstances around her, is not crushed, nor is her spirit broken. In fact, her sense of justice and striving for equality is ignited during this time period: Jane grows into a fighter against injustice for the rest of her life.
Along with Jane, as readers we are asked, what would you do? Would you stand up for what is right, even when everything you love stands on the other side?
These are difficult times. 2020 has been unpredictable, to say the least. Incidences of total and brutal injustice have occurred. To re-read this classic during this pandemic was a privilege. Jane, who was poor, young, and friendless, stood by her morals as the world around her broke. Even in steps as small as spreading awareness, sending messages of support, could we not do the same? Jane Eyre shows us how powerful a strong-minded individual can be. If that is true, how much stronger could we be if we unite in the face of inequality and cruelty?
Rating: 5 stars out of 5
@StarRead of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board
An amazing book! I had trouble putting it down, it was so good. I totally connected with the main character, Jane. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a solid, enduring classic.
I read this book 1-2 times a year. its beyond her time. its feminist. it is a classic so yes there are some racist and opinions of mental illness that are dated but; it's just so good. Jane Eyre is a masterpeice. if you haven't read it i beg you give it a try.
Loved this book as a teenager and still really like it as an adult. (Minus the racism/mental-health-stigma...)
Charlotte Bronte really gets across what it feels like to be an introvert. I like seeing Jane growing and gaining self-confidence and independence.
My love and enthusiasm for Jane Eyre isn't quite at the level of the majority of people. That's not to say I didn't like it. It has a great premise and I loved the slightly sarcastic 19th century feminist humour. Bronte takes all kinds of stabs at the rigid social structure of the day but she does it sweetly and tucks them quietly into otherwise elaborate sentences so that they almost go unnoticed. I could feel her pluck in her writing. I totally understand why it has become such a beloved and enduring classic. But....the melodrama just about drove me nuts. In the beginning I found it amusing but it didn't take long to turn into eye rolling. Just a little over the top for me. Would I still recommend everyone read this book at least once in their lives? Absolutely! You will probably love it, melodrama and all.
So with this book, I accidentally read this book twice. I read A condensed version in fifth grade and then I had to read the original novel for school in seventh grade. But in the end I still really liked the story. It's interesting, Fun, and sometimes Mysterious. If you're looking for a classic romance novel, this is your book.
I liked it. I love Jane Austen books and this was just like some of hers. Same style of writing (I think) and it's a romance novel.
I do believe this book has sky rocketed to the top of my favourite books of all time list. I loved the characters of Jane and Mr. Rochester. Reading how one who has such a heart comes through such a hard life to go forward in living her life was spell bounding. Taking from the hardships she experienced in her life, she used those methods to bring more life into situations in the future. Although she claimed to have had no interest in finding love, she had at one time loved and lost Helen. Finding within herself the realization she had more to give in life she embarked on a whole new journey into the unknown to experience more than she thought she deserved. She moved forward encouraging the waif Adele into seizing her own education, growing to love her. This book is a journey i would gladly go through again and again, the love found herein is one of the most realistic love stories I have ever read.
I very much enjoyed this book. I am a huge fan of Jane Austen, and this is easily as good as most of her books (and better than a couple of them).
I was pleasantly surprised by the conversational tone of the writing. While it's a little more formal than modern novels, it's very easy to read. I'm not normally a fan of first person narrative, but this is friendly and chatty and just a pleasure to read.
The main character is compelling. Given the period, she's really quite a strong heroine. There are a few points that date her, but not as many as you might expect. She seems like somebody I'd enjoy spending time with.
The plot is well-developed, interesting and full of twists and turns. At this point, I should confess that I had seen a film version, so I knew what would happen. That would have helped pull me through any slow bits - but at no point was I ever bored. The mini-bio of Charlotte Bronte inside the front cover of the edition I read gave particular credibility to her description of the rather awful school. And, as someone who read rather a lot of romance novels as a teen, it was interesting to read a book that has clearly served as an inspiration to many writers in that genre.
Yes, the book is long. But, in my opinion, it's well worth it. Highly recommend to anyone who likes romance novels and/or period literature.
Still one of my favorite love stories: a ferocious yet tender telling of an idealist vs. a pragmatic--and what happens to both of them when the pragmatic overplays his hand. By remaining true to her values, Jane, the perpetual orphan, finds a permanent home and true love. Way ahead of its time in espousing egalitarianism and the breaking of societal molds. Occasional melodrama balanced out by some wry and funny comments.
Young Jane was an orphan, taken in very reluctantly and resentfully by her aunt. She was excluded from normal family life and insulted and degraded routinely. The made her sad, but not cowed; she was well aware of the injustice visited on her. She was fortunately sent to a boarding school to 1) train her to accept her dreary lot in life and 2) get her out of her aunt's hair. But the teachers were kind and saw to it that her willingness to study was rewarded.
On completing her studies, she applied for and won a job as governess for a young French girl named Adele at Thornhill Manor. Adele's parentage was questionable, but the master of the house was rarely home, so she fell almost totally under Jane's capable and compassionate care. When the master of the house, Edward Rochester did return, he and Jane met accidentally away from the house; he was riding his horse toward the house and she was out for a walk. He was thrown and she tended him, as per her character, capably and compassionately. She impressed him deeply. From that day, his interest in her grew, but they remained separated because of the difference in their social status.
Ultimately Rochester professed his love for her, and she for him. They planned to marry, but at their wedding, when the priest asked if anyone objected to their marriage, an anonymous man spoke up and stated that Rochester was already married...to a mad woman who was imprisoned in a tower room at Thornhill Manor. Jane, who wholeheartedly put her faith in God, could not marry him under those circumstances despite Rochester's begging her to be his wife. She left that night without saying goodbye and wandered hungry and exhausted until she ended up, desperate, on the doorstep of two sisters and their brother. They took her in and nursed her back to health, and they all became very attached to each other so she continued to live with them when her strength returned.
Meanwhile, her mother's brother, whom she had never met, died and left her an inheritance; he left her cousins -- his other two nieces and his nephew -- nothing. She learned that the cousins were the strangers that took her in. She saw that as unfair, so she chose to divide the inheritance equally among them. Then she learned that Thornhill Manor had burned; Rochester's mad wife had set it afire and then jumped from the tower to her death. She hurried there to look in on Rochester, as she had never stopped loving her. They reunited, he with a missing limb and eyes and her not caring that he was damaged, and lived happily ever after.
The language was lush, the story was complex, the good person won, the not good people were transformed to good people. What more could a reader want?
A magnificent read. I couldn't stop reading until the book until it was completely finished. Charlotte Bronte is such a great story-teller- I highly recommend this book if you're looking for a beautifully written escapist novel.
This language in this story was a bit advanced in some areas and I lost track a bit quite a few of times. The language is different than today’s which is why it’s considered a classic novel. This book was very popular in the past and I can see why. I enjoy reading classics and this story was very interesting. The story was had a simple story line and I was able to imagine each chapter. I loved reading this book and I could not put it down from the first page to the last chapter. I rate this a 7 out of 10 stars. @YoumnaLovesBooks of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
This isn't really a common view, but I felt a bit indifferent at times throughout the book. The language was a bit advanced at times, but I guess my vocabulary isn't that great so it lost me a bit. I can sort of see why this book is a "classic" literature piece, because it kind of pulls on the soul a bit. The story, while simple, reflects on a lot more than just one woman's life. It uses subtle metaphors to shadow events and comparisons that one may not be able to see in everyday life. The fierce protagonist Jane is relatable, and her journey will leave readers pondering about deeper insights. 4/5 Stars
- @Siri of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library
One of those books you are always told to read and never do and then when you do you feel stupid because you loved it so much. I listened to the audio, read by Juliet Mills, who is a Judi Dench sound-alike. I was delighted by her narration and continued to be delighted the whole book.
I had seen the movie, 2011 with Mia Wasikowska, and really liked it and of course the book was much better! So many scenes were left out or simplified. I was really shocked and laughed out loud when Mr. Rochester dressed as the gypsy! I will say that some of the best dialogue was kept in the movie.
I listened to this at the gym a lot which was a weird combo but man I loved it. Loved the tree being struck by lightning, loved how harsh of a judge of intellect Jane was, loved evil chuckle of Grace Pool, loved when Jane stood up to St. John Eyre Rivers, and loved the school scenes.
A Bildungsroman at it's best!
Well done Charlotte Bronte! Well done Mi Waskiowska! Well done Jane!
Mrs. Fairfax is completely overlooked at the books end, I liked her better in the movie.
I hated this book 1 star the first time I read it. After being convinced to read it again, I give it 3.5 stars.
This Brontë sister is a powerhouse! While there are times of great verbosity Brontë shows, again and again, that she can convey an incredible amount of detail very succinctly. The contrast between the two styles has a profound result. Having stumbled across the title merely to widen my reading to include "classics" it is quite evident why this book falls into that category. If this is a bildungsroman because Jane comes of age, it is also a bildungsroman because, as a reader, I have, too.
A truly remarkable book. Today's crop of "romance"writers don't hold a candle to the Brontë sisters and the power of their words. Much more than a romantic novel, this is a book about self-discovery and women's empowerment in the 19th century, from rags to middle-class life to unexpected riches - and finding friendship and love in the most unexpected of places. I can't believe it's taken me this long to read it.
This is a wonderful book. I absolutely love it. I reccomend it to everyone.
Its a MUST read! I was absolutely captivated. Its one of those book that I was so sad that ended!
This book is wickedly awesome and full of fun. I love how the character grows and finds true love, beautifully written, if it were not such a long book I would read it again and again to enjoy the English language and also enjoy the character and her daily triumphs and issues. This book is my favorite from this era. Beautifully written, always to be read again and again.