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Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte


‘I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being, with an independent will; which I now exert to leave you.’

As an orphan, Jane’s childhood is full of trouble, but her stubborn independence and sense of self-help her to steer through the miseries inflicted by cruel relatives and a brutal school. A position as governess at the Thornfield Hall promises a kind of freedom. But Thornfield is a house full of secrets, its master a passionate, tormented man, and before long Jane faces her greatest struggle in a choice between love and self-respect.

The book is pretty chunky, there are over 600 pages and it did take me a while to read, that being said, I enjoyed every moment of it. Despite it being slow, it wasn’t boring. I had already seen the film version (which I love) and already knew the plot, though there was much more in the book. (The book is better, of course!)
The story takes place throughout Jane’s life, you start off at her tragic childhood, then she’s sent off to boarding school, which isn’t much better. When she gains a position as governess at Thornfield, her life improves greatly. (For a time)
The romance is slow-burning, which I personally like, instant love is so unrealistic to me. I like that Jane takes time to fall in love and it’s actually quite a sad love story, Jane is just really unlucky and every time things look up something ruins it! I know some people don’t like the romance between Jane and Mr Rochester but I really loved it, I don’t see any problems with.

I love Jane! Here are a few reasons why:

  • For that period of time, she’s a strong, independent woman.
  • She’s sassy!
  • Jane is not a beautiful woman, her beauty from the inside definitely shines.
  • She chooses pride and self-respect over being with a man.

I really feel for Jane, she’s just so unlucky and she deserves to be happy! I admire Jane for standing up for herself and making her own life choices. I think Jane is a great example of a strong female character. She’s definitely up there with my favourite protagonists.

Mr Rochester: I liked him! He’s snarky, sarcastic and the banter between him and Jane is just everything. Their interaction was by far the best part of the book!

Rating: 5/5 Stars

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