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Saturday, December 14, 2019

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Image result for jane eyre book covers Title: Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte

Published: 1847

Genre: Classic Fiction

Grade Level: Adult

-Movie Rating: PG-13


Read by: Thandie Newton

Length: 19 hrs 13 min

Recommend: Yes!

Blurb (from goodreads):

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. What Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?

My Scores:

Writing Style: Top Notch

This is one of the books I read for my English classes this semester, but for me it's my fourth time through. This is one of my favorite books of all time! There are not enough good things I can say about it that would satisfy me.

The writing is exquisite. Every sentence has a meaning and a purpose for being there. Some may feel that the pacing is slow, but for this time-period it’s actually quite fast-paced. 

Those forced to read this novel in high school either do not appreciate the time period or they are missing the symbolism embedded throughout the work. I know I missed a few, even though it was my fourth time through.

Characters: Absolutely Amazing

I love these characters! They’re so damaged and flawed and screwed up in the head. It’s so hard to give an actuate analysis of them without spoilers.

With Jane Eyre, we have a whole history. We understand why she is depressed, slightly guarded, and emotionally repressed. However, Mr. Rochester is shrouded with mystery. You don’t really understand his character until after you lose your sympathy towards him. He gets a bad reputation from the public because of that, but I would cation you to really try and put yourself in his place before passing judgement. I'm talking to you, Merphy Napier!

If you would like an analysis *with spoilers* here is a link my psychological profile for the characters in the novel (a project I did for college):

Plot: So Many Plot Twists

Keep in mind that this novel was written like a memoir. The original title was Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. That’s why it gives a complete history of Jane Eyre’s life. Personally, I found it fascinating, while I know others would wish that her past was simply explained in a brief flashback or two. If you can’t tell by my past reviews, I’m down with a good memoir, so I guess it just depends on your preference.

Also, when the twists hit, they hit hard! And the novel doesn’t lose its appeal once you know them, it only makes it more interesting. Suddenly you understand so much more about the characters, Mr. Rochester in particular.

Overall: Totally Obsessed

It’s definitely one of the better classics if you have to read one for school. Personally, it’s one of my favorite books of all time. 

I also feel it’s one of the more misinterpreted books because some feel that the romantic relationship featured is a toxic relationship. I respectfully disagree and would encourage others to take a second look at Mr. Rochester. This disagreement between readers inspired my project for college this semester where I made a website featuring my psychological profiles for the characters in the novel (*with spoilers*)

Goodreads Rating: 10 out of 5 stars, lol!

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