Book Review – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

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power The novel set in the northern part of England which perfectly blends love, hatred, wealth, power, deceit and sincerity. Jane Eyre is a story about an orphan, who is emotionally and physically abused by her guardian Mrs. Reed and her children. To do away with Jane, her aunt Mrs. Reed sends her off to a girl’s charity school. Jane repeatedly gets into trouble even in school but also makes acquaintances. Her life takes a shift once she gets a job in Thornfield as a governess to a French girl Adele, ward of Mr. Rochester.

The book being a first person narrative lacks to tell the story of the other characters in the book. Hence, not much can be assumed so as to why Mrs. Reeds and others disfavored Jane. The society, in which the protagonist lived, was cruel to women and the poor. Love marriages weren’t considered, you will read Mrs. Reed many a times blaming Jane’s mother for marrying a poorer man in the first chapter. Nevertheless Jane grows up to be a woman with rich moral and spiritual values, miss temple, a teacher and Helen become the reason for her sculpting.

Charlotte Bronte smartly pens down the emotional pain from losing love. Betrayal is a part of every man’s life. This story clearly displays the deceitful nature of relatives and family, without excluding Mr. Rochester’s father who tricked him into marrying for money. Mr. Rochester falls in love with Jane and hides his past, so as to marry her. When the truth is out, Jane runs away to an unknown place. With no money in hand and not in a position to afford food or shelter, Jane is about to die when the kind family of St. John takes her in and also finds her a job. On realizing her identity, St. John finds out that Jane is his cousin. Furthermore, Jane also shares the fortune she receives from her dead uncle with her cousins St. John and his sisters Diana and Mary. When St. John asks her hand in marriage so that they both could do missionary in India, Miss Eyre realizes her love for Mr. Rochester. On going back to Thornfield, she finds out about the disaster Mr. Rochester’s mentally retarded wife had done to him and the house. She later locates his new home, to find out that he has lost sight and a hand. The story ends with Mr. Rochester proposing Jane, who eventually marries him. Mr. Rochester receives little sight when a baby boy is born to them.

The book is later adapted into movies with the same title. I believe that the book has more bearing than the movies, which of course doesn’t do justice to the book.

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