Title: Jane Eyre
Author: Charlotte Brontë
Publisher: Smith, Elder & Co.
Publication date: 16 October 1847
Set in the period of nineteenth century, Charlotte Bronte writes the novel in the first narrative emphasizing the life of the female protagonist, Jane Eyre who fights indomitably with her miserly life full of hardships. Orphaned in the very childhood and grown up at her Aunt’s household at Gateshead, bearing all the atrocities imposed by her aunt and cousins, she is intellectual enough to fight for her justice even at a tender age. Unlike other classic romances, Jane Eyre is much more than that. The unique fact about the book being, it doesn’t follow the same pattern of any love story; the soothing air, gushing rains, dulcet melodies or lovers counting stars under the endless canopy. It describes more about the self-esteem, insuperable will power and maintaining dignity in life and relationships.
Thrown by her aunt at Lowood Charity School, Jane Eyre fights alone, suffers and manages to earn respect in the campus and finally gets blessed by the friendship of Helen Burns. Sadly, as life is never kind to her, Helen Burns dies out of a disease; yet Jane has such nice perception to love and emotions being a child that she finds her camaraderie supporting her throughout life. She takes up a governess job at Thornsfield and performs her duty with complete dedication. Eyre is plain yet passionate. She believes in her principles, her values and no materialistic things. Charlotte has portrayed the character so well that you’ll fall in love with Jane despite her simplicity. As one of the quote says in book,
“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
Jane Eyre falls in love with Mr. Rochester who is unlike any other romance story, is not a young, charming or handsome character instead a dark and enigmatic person yet having a countenance pleasing to eye. Jane who never tasted love in her life, finds her duty, respect and the love of her life in him. Mr. Rochester is another provoking character in the novel who will make you think deeply about the life and its challenges. The book is completely different as Bronte does not use many romantic plots or scenes to define their love life. Bronte has described their intense conversations which will make anyone admire and connect to the kind of divine intimacy they share. Another moving point of the story is Jane always considers her courage and dignity before anything and she even denies the jewels and diamonds offered to her as love by Mr. Rochester and her hearts forces her to go away from him due to the harsh circumstances. She could have stayed easily and lived like a queen but still chooses the life full of struggles and deprivation on her own. Jane is a lovable and attractive character. She accepts whatever life offers her, never complaints to God, without expecting people’s sympathy.
Bronte has used excellent use of literature undoubtedly. Nonetheless, the book is not at all so easy to read, but of course it’s an unputdownable one if you pick it up. This book is something that will make reader learn about spirituality, selflessness, love, perseverance and what not altogether.
My Rating: 5/5