The novel’s namesake I’ve come to refer to as my own dear Jane. Whose heart could not go out to a young orphan living amongst relatives who resent and abuse her and then send her off at age ten to fend for herself at a less than desirable school.
Jane Eyre is a brave woman who seems destined for hardship, yet is able to maintain her values and beliefs as she seeks intellectual stimulation. Such a fine character all around.
The man after Jane’s heart, Edward Rochester, is a wealthy man who hires Jane as a governess to his young French ward. His intelllect matches Jane’s, yet his gruffness and seeming disinterest in her, leave her wondering at his intentions. A man of many secrets when revealed put into question his true character.
St. John Rivers seems to be Jane’s male alter; taciturn, stoic and religious. Unlike Jane, however, he has very little romantic notion and believes practicality is what should drive decisions. This guy just creeped me out.
It is a very strange sensation to inexperienced youth to feel itself quite alone in the world, cut adrift from every connection, uncertain whether the port to which it is bound can be reached, and prevented by many impediments from returning to that it has quitted.
Such a brief and tragic life Ms. Bronte lived. We most certainly would have much to discuss; politics, religion, women’s rights, etc. How on earth, I’d love to ask her, did she learn to write so splendidly? Surely, it was not in her contaminated school. The kinship I felt for Jane Eyre would make our conversation all the merrier.
My rating for Jane Eyre is a 9 out of 10.
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