Hi friends! I’ve been reading quite a few classics for school, so I thought I’d share my thoughts on my favorites. I already reviewed Pride and Prejudice, but I’m super excited to do Jane Eyre today!
Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. How she takes up the post of governess at Thornfield Hall, meets and loves Mr Rochester and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage are elements in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than that traditionally accorded to her sex in Victorian society.
Jane Eyre is, again, one of those classics. The ones that everyone hypes up infinitely, to where you think “this can’t be worth the hype”…but then it does. Funnily enough, I did read My Plain Jane about a year and a half ago so I kind of knew what was going to happen? But not exactly? It’s a weird dilemma. But as for my thoughts on the original, well read on!
Jane is a TOTAL feminist character. In fact, Charlotte Bronte wrote this while incorporating many aspects of her own life. For example, there’s a school that mistreats its students and Charlotte really did experience that sort of thing in her life. Anyways, Jane’s character is smart and quick. She knows that she’s “plain” (at least, according to society) yet she doesn’t let that stop her. That was a risky move to pull at the time that this was written, and hats off to the author for not bowing to the awful sexist constraints placed on women at the period this was written.
There’s actually a plot and a world! After having read Pride and Prejudice, it was kind of shock to find that there’s quite a bit of traveling, and a real plot. There’s a sense of mystery pervading much of the book, and even when Jane is doing the most mundane things, you’re often left with a sense of unease. Even after a certain reveal there’s still several questions left unanswered which left me hooked.
I was surprised, especially reading from the first-person perspective of Jane, how many characters we get to know. Throughout the entire book we get all sorts of personalities, from French children to snobby women to arrogant men to lovely friends. Most were relatively well-developed as well!
I also liked how it wasn’t a cut and clear book. It wasn’t easily predictable, it wasn’t black and white, even the ending wasn’t necessarily wrapped up neatly with a perfect bow on top. There’s a lot of depth to the story and it leaves the reader with a lot to think about.
Um. The first 50-70 pages were highkey boring. Also, at three fourths of the way through, it got a bit boring again. I know that certain scenes were essential for the building of Jane’s character but why so many useless scenes. Just why.
And the romance. First off, there’s a TWENTY YEAR AGE DIFFERENCE. I can deal with ten, maybe twelve, but twenty years is too much. Especially considering that Rochester was such an eccentric character? At times, I couldn’t tell if he was actually being controlling or just weirdly jovial. And then there were some strange plot twists…the romance ain’t it chief.
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This is totally different, and I should probably reread this now that I’ve read the original haha.
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