Book Review of Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Summary:

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?

My review:

If I call it a tragic love story, it wouldn’t be just. It is more than a love story. It is a story that willbe stuck with you even after you read a thousand books. It is a tale of love, pain. heartbreak, resolution. determination, commitment, hope, sacrifice, independence and a tale of a bold, beautiful woman who speaks her mind. Jane Eyre is one of the best female protagonists one might ever read about. Her strength and determination is commendable but her sense of independence adds to the beauty of the book. It is a book ahead of its time, indeed. I read about Charlotte Bronte in history and I was always intrigued to read Jane eyre. I never had the grit to pick it up. I am glad that I finally did.

An orphaned child, adopted by a maternal relation, viewed as a liability, never backed out from speaking her mind. Her interests as a reader was so relatable.

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Her character development was beautiful. As a person with anxiety issues and impulsiveness, she learns to become stoic, calm and yet retained her power of speech.

She falls in love. A love expressed beautifully in words. The whole story of Jane and Mr. Rochester was heartwrenching. When Jane felt happy, I was ecstatic. When she was sad or troubled, I felt restless. Every reader can empathise with her. Such is the beauty of its writing. I must admit, though, that I was disturbed and angry at Jane for a while but it was soon understood that what she thought was right and was the right decision on her part.

Helen Burns. Another beautiful character. Helen Burns, Jane’s friend and support has a huge role to play in Jane’s life since she makes her understand simple things in a profound way. This character is the cue to our protagonist’s development.

Miss Temple. Kind and caring. Just. Beautifully written.

Mr. Rochester. Imperfect. Stern. Loving. Strong willed. Flawed yet a character that will leave an impression behind.

St. John Rivers. This character reminds you that some people will never change and no matter how hard you try, they will always stick to what they believe is right and might even try to change you. Being with him, Jane shows us her independent and stern side.

The most hated characters for me were natually Mrs. Reed, Georgiana Reed, John Reed, Eliza Reed. In short, the Reed family.

Bessie. She is an embodiment of “what you see is not what it is.” Her rude and strict external is a layer over her sweet and kind internal.

The story gets you hooked, is thrilling and most importantly, it is a story about people.

I loved it. I cried towards the end, not because it was sad but because it was beautiful and touched my heart. I wish I could give it a thousand stars. But 5 🌟 for now.

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