Jane Eyre – Early feminism, dense but compelling.

jane_eyre_largeTitle: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Bronte

Summary: A young girl by the name of Jane Eyre is an orphan without any family as far as she knows. The closest thing to family she has is her abusive aunt and bratty cousins. Jane is a passionate girl and she is very deeply affected by injustice. Because her aunt wants to get rid of her, she sends Jane to school. Lowood isn’t the most ideal school, however. It is lorded over by a strict religious man named Mr. Brocklehurst and Jane can’t stand him. Jane is intelligent, though, so after many years at the school Jane is hired as a governess at a place called Thornfield. She meets Mr. Rochester here, a man whom she grows to love, and she tutors a young French girl by the name of Adele. While here, Jane notices strange occurrences in the house. These strange occurrences increase as the mystery of Thornfield unfolds.

I started reading because: I was interested in reading British literature written by a woman in Victorian society.

I would give this book 8/10 stars because it’s really really slow to pick up and get interesting, but once you finish the story you’re glad you did because it becomes rather compelling.

I loved that Charlotte Bronte originally published the book under a male pen name because of the gender prejudice of the time, let the book get really popular, and then revealed that it was written by a woman. The book also contains feminist elements. I hated how dense it was at times. The settings’ descriptions can be a bit too wordy as well.

If Jane was in a high school yearbook, she would be voted Most Likely To: Sit In The Corner At A Party.

Anything else we should know? The main chunk of the action and astonishing reveals are towards the end of the novel. I didn’t want to spoil anything in my summary.

–Regina, 18, West Seattle

WTS

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