Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte
Published by Penguin Classics
Release Date: (Originally published) October 16th, 1847
Classic, Fiction, Romance, 507 pages
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
I read this novel at the start of the summer, and it actually turned out to be longer than I had originally thought. The 500+ pages was a little daunting, but I was excited to read my first classic nonetheless. It started out as a memoir type read of Jane’s life in the first 10 chapters. Then it flooded into a love story, then almost a horror story. When Jane runs away, I couldn’t help but wonder why she didn’t take any extra money, or things to trade while she was in hiding? This story raised some questions, but was ultimately an interesting and inspiring story.
I also liked how she ended up finding her family, and was able to support herself before she chose to come back to Mr. Rochester. Because then it was her choice, and she wasn’t dependent on him. The twist of events however, left him dependent on her. The changes in genre or theme was interesting as well, and I enjoyed all of them.
I really enjoyed the ending of the novel, although I would have liked if they moved to moor house together, or somewhere else. But I did like when he got his vision back, and they had their kids. I also liked knowing what happened to her kin, as well as Mrs. Reeds daughters.
What I liked most about this novel, was that Jane didn’t marry out of necessity, and was stubborn about it too. She was her own well-established woman, with her own money and family, before she sought out Mr. Rochester(assumingly) to marry. I think that’s what made this novel so ahead of its time.
Overall, I recommend having a solid amount of time set aside for this novel, and an interest in classics beforehand. I give this interesting novel a 4/5 stars.
Thanks for reading! Mara x