“If all the world hated you and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved of you and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends.”
By: Charlotte Bronte
Fiery love, shocking twists of fate, and tragic mysteries put a lonely governess in jeopardy in JANE EYRE
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. Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again?
You guys may not know, but I’m a huge fan of Victorian literature. Seriously, a huge fan. As in I took three different Victorian literature classes in college. Lately, I’ve really be craving some classic literature. So, this weekend I took the dive into Jane Eyre and thought I’d share my thoughts on the novel.
One thing that I really appreciate about Victorian authors is that they pull no punches. Their characters aren’t wholly right or wrong. They may not be the most kind or the most attractive. However, you still find yourself emotionally invested in their lives. Jane Eyre is much of the same. I couldn’t help but want to know more about Jane and Mr. Rochester. Their personalities excited me and kept me guessing. I found it difficult to predict exactly what they would do or say next.
The plot-line of this novel what much more simplistic than I am used to in Victorian literature. I appreciated that I got a really linear look into Jane’s life. However, I couldn’t help but miss the secondary storylines authors like Charles Dickens often gives us. I was looking to learn more about a number of characters that were introduced. However, that did not really come to fruition.
Another aspect that I often like to see in Victorian literature is images of the city. It is such a character within novels that I often miss it. London amongst its filth, poor, and utter disparity of wealth is always interesting to read about. I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t get to see more of the dirty side of the Victorian era in this novel.
Perhaps the aspect of this novel that I appreciated most was the horror/gothic aspects. The suspense that was created through the course of the novel kept me devouring the story. Sometimes with classics it can be difficult to maintain momentum throughout the entirety of a novel. With Jane Eyre I did not find this to be an obstacle. The mystery kept me intrigued even when the scene did not hook my interest.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. It wasn’t my favorite classic novel by far. Honestly, it has only fed my desire to re-read Pride and Prejudice, so I think that’s what I’m doing next.