Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

Paperback - 1992
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Introduction and Notes by Dr Sally Minogue, Canterbury Christ Church University College.

Jane Eyre ranks as one of the greatest and most perennially popular works of English fiction. Although the poor but plucky heroine is outwardly of plain appearance, she possesses an indomitable spirit, a sharp wit and great courage.

She is forced to battle against the exigencies of a cruel guardian, a harsh employer and a rigid social order. All of which circumscribe her life and position when she becomes governess to the daughter of the mysterious, sardonic and attractive Mr Rochester.

However, there is great kindness and warmth in this epic love story, which is set against the magnificent backdrop of the Yorkshire moors. Ultimately the grand passion of Jane and Rochester is called upon to survive cruel revelation, loss and reunion, only to be confronted with tragedy.

Publisher: Ware, Hertforshire : Wordsworth Editions, 1992.
ISBN: 9781853260209
Characteristics: 401 pages ;,20 cm.


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Jan 06, 2021

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte follows the life of a young girl, and is a classic coming of age story. It is set in the Victorian era, which creates our unique protagonist Jane Eyre. Her confrontative and passionate ways, along with her refusal to back down despite the misogynistic standards society has placed on women, is makes her stand out. She is strong and bold, and faces obstacle after obstacle placed in front of her. As a reader, we are able to watch her grow and truly discover what it means to live as a woman. Throughout the novel, Jane sticks to her morals, no matter what, proving to be an inspiring heroine. There is a lot of descriptive writing and what one may call “fluff” that fills up many pages, due to the nature of the novel. It can seem to drag on a bit, however the in-depth analyses Bronte provides the reader with may be seen as beneficial and key to the overall plot. Regardless, this is a classic that all should attempt.

LCPL_Krystyna Oct 07, 2020

One of my favorite classic novels of all-time. This is a dark story set in the 19th century. Jane, orphaned as a child, becomes a governess at the gloomy Thornfield Hall. This novel has romance, terrifying secrets, and beautiful writing. For fans of Gothic literature and Jane Austen.

Sep 18, 2020

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte is a historic piece of literature. It is one of the first European classics to spark the beginning of the Romanticism era in literature, featuring the perfect balance between romance, fiction, and reality. Throughout the book, Jane Eyre’s adventures through a tough life with many unkind to her and few who support her explores topics on abuse, society, love, and life. In the patriarchal society of 1800s England, this book explores all sorts of themes of identity, independence, and passion — questions that even modern-day people wrestle with in life.

Aug 29, 2020

Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Brontë, is one of my favorite books. The novel describes the tale of Jane Eyre and her experiences in Northern England during the 19th century. The book deals with many topics, like class, religion, feminism and various others. On top of an ever changing setting, Jane interacts with various other complex characters. Unlike many other books of the era, Jane Eyre focused on a more first person narrative, rather than the typical third person. This makes the book a lot more interesting to read.

Aug 21, 2020

The novel Jane Eyre follows the story of a character with the same name, an orphan who was abused by her cruel aunt at a young age. After being sent to a charity school, she meets with further abuse, fortunately she receives an education, which lands her a job as a governess (person hired to teach children in a household) at the estate of Edward Rochester. Over time, Edward and Jane begin to fall in love with each other, but we learn that there is more to Edward than meets the eye.

Jane Eyre, along with Pride and Prejudice is one of the most popular romance novels of all time. Jane Eyre explores themes of class, sexuality, religion, and feminism. The novel can be considered to be way ahead of its time, as it explores these previously untouched themes.

Jul 07, 2020

Jane Eyre Review
Jane Eyre is a novel written by Charlotte Bronte and it follows a young girl named Jane Eyre as she navigates orphanhood in an oppressive society where she searches for love and appreciation. This novel starts off really well with the orphanhood of Jane and the issues it brings are really compelling and the relationship between her and her family is really compelling. However, as the novel moves forward it changes so quickly into a weirdly Gothic love story with some questionable motives from the character she falls in love with, Rochester. It kind of loses its way and I feel like it realizes it and tries to reconnect with past events later in the novel with a certain character entering. This novel also has a lot of unexplained happenings and the ending isn’t justified whatsoever. It’s a novel of its time but the lessons it aims to teach are questionable at best and the novel has issues with pacing as it moves so quickly in some spots and slows down in others. In my opinion, the prequel or precursor to the events of this novel Wide Sargasso Sea is much stronger and much more nuanced and makes decisions that make sense with the characters and the description given in Jane Eyre. This novel starts off well but in terms of narrative direction, it loses its way and struggles with getting back to its strong start and goes back to reconnect to the past events of the characters involved. However, Gothic imagery and tone is very vivid and prevalent it’s one of the novel’s strengths but it doesn’t play into it as well as it could.

3 out of 5 stars
Age Rating: 13-above

Jun 17, 2020

It was an amazing book. I recommend this book to everyone.

Jun 10, 2020

As one of the most renowned romance stories in history, author Charlotte Bronte takes her readers on the whirlwind and dark journey of the life of a simple girl named Jane Eyre. In the novel, Jane battles against the abuse she endures at the hands of her aunt, cousins, and her school, Lowood. Although Jane demonstrates immense strength as she perseveres through the death of her best friend and a daunting virus epidemic, she is at a loss for words when she encounters the mysterious Mr. Rochester. As his hired governess, Jane discovers that Mr. Rochester fuels fire and passion inside of Jane that she cannot resist, nevertheless she knows he is wrong for her. However, later in the novel she also happens upon another man named St. John in another estate, the Moor House, whose relationship and demeanor with Jane is simple, yet, cold. The novel Jane Eyre draws in readers with the alluring charm of both of the men, the picturesque and peculiar estates that Jane travels to, eerie supernatural events, and the historic love triangle of Jane and her two men. Jane Eyre is a must-read for readers who crave a sense of uncertainty, love, and female strength in the literary works they read. Thus, take the journey with Jane as she struggles to defy societal expectations of women and choose between her two ultimate lovers- will she choose fire or will she choose ice? I have rated this novel a 4 out of 5 because I enjoyed the strength that Bronte is able to convey to readers about female resilience. Also, the love story between Jane and her two men is well thought out and grabs the reader's attention as they sit on the edge of their seat, waiting for Jane's final choice.

Jun 03, 2020

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
@StarRead of the Hamilton Public Library's Teen Review Board

Mar 24, 2020

An amazing book! I had trouble putting it down, it was so good. I totally connected with the main character, Jane. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting a solid, enduring classic.

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Aug 26, 2016

“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart! And if God had gifted me with some beauty and much wealth, I should have made it as hard for you to leave me, as it is now for me to leave you!”

Dec 31, 2013

"Reader, I married him."

Maggie_Rose520 Sep 24, 2012

"I know what it is to live entirely for and with what I love best on earth. I hold myself supremely blest--blest beyond what language can express; because I am my husband's life as fully as he is mine. No woman was ever nearer to her mate than I am: ever more absolutely bone of his bone, and flesh of his flesh. I know no weariness of my Edward's society: he knows none of mine, any more than we each do the pulsation of the heart that beats in our separate bosoms; consequently, we are ever together. To be together is for us to be at once as free as in solitude, as gay as in company. We talk, I believe, all day long: to talk to each other is but a more animated and an audible thinking. All my confidence is bestowed on him, all his confidence is devoted to me; we are precisely suited in chatacter--perfect concord is the result."

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Jun 05, 2014

Mr. Rochester guards a deep and dark secret...

FavouriteFiction Sep 30, 2009

A poor orphan cared for by an abusive Aunt grows up to be a governess at Thornfield Hall, an estate owned by the wealthy Edward Rochester. There she falls in love with Edward only to discover that he is already married to a madwoman.


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