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
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