Abyan Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre

"The ease of his manner freed me from painful restraint; the friendly frankness, as correct as cordial, with which he treated me, drew me to him"

Jane Eyre is the story of a young orphan girl who lives with her nasty aunt and three spoiled cousins. Jane has lived with her aunt and uncle since her parents died. When her uncle external image ruth-wilson.jpgdied his last wish was for his wife to raise Jane as one of her children. Aunt Reed treats Jane horribly and allows her children to pick on Jane mercilessly. Jane grew up to be a loner, who was to mature to be called a child. Aunt Reed was so sick of having Jane in her home that she sent her to Lowood, a school for female orphans. There Jane makes her first friend, Helen Burns. They instantly connect, but like everyone else that Jane has loved, Helen dies. Jane finishes her education and becomes a teacher at Lowood for several year till her mentor, Mrs. Temple, announces she will be leaving to get married. With nothing to keep her there, Jane leaves Lowood to be a governess at Thornfield Hall. There she will tutor one Adele Varns, a young French girl. Just as Jane is becoming accustomed to Thornfield, the master of the house returns. Mr. Rochester is his name and he turns Jane's world upside down. He is the greatest friend she has ever had and she quickly falls in love with him. But, Jane notices that there is something weird going on at Thornfield Hall and her suspicians are confirmed when she saves Mr. Rochester after his bed had been set on fire. While saving him she heard a woman cackling and suspects the servant Grace Poole. As she falls for him, Mr. Rochester is courting the beautiful Blanche Ingram, in hopes to make her his wife. Jane soon leaves Thornfield Hall to visit her Aunt Reed on her deathbed, where her aunt admits she had hated her and is at peace because she has had her revenge. It turn out Jane had an uncle who has been looking for her and Aunt Reed told him that Jane was dead. When Jane returns home she found she had been greatly missed by Mr. Rochester. They admit their love and are to be married. In the middle of the ceremony a lawyer comes in and objects, we all learn that Mr. Rochester is already married! It turn out in the attic he kept his first wife, the lunatic who tried to light him on fire in his sleep. Jane is unable to go through with the wedding leaves Thornfield and ends up Whitcross. Jane is completely broke and is finally allowed in the home of a kind family. The Rivers' Mary, Diana, and St John let her stay with them and they help Jane find a job at the local school. It turn out that Jane's mysterious uncle left her a large inheritence and her cousins, coincidently the Rivers' recieved nothing. Jane splits the inheritence between them equally and they all move to their uncle's house. Jane and St John get a lot closer and he asks her to marry him and move to India to work as missionaries. But Jane remembers her love for Mr. Rochester and ultimately decides to return back to Thornfield. Jane return to find that Bertha, Rochester's wife, had burned the place down. Mr. Rochester made sure that everyone got out first and was blinded and lost and arm. He is depressed and living with a few servants at a nearby manor. To find out how Mr. Rochester and Jane end up, check out Jane Eyre at your local library.

"I knew you would do me good in some way, at some time: I saw it in your eyes when I first beheld you; their expression and smile did not strike delight to my inmost heart so for nothing"

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Charlotte Brontë, the youngest of the famed Brontë sisters, was born in 1816 to Rev. Patrick Brontë. She grew up making up world with her sisters and brother in churchyard. As a young lady Brontë went to Clergy Daughter's School, but found it unpleasant. She returned home to tutor her sisters and during this time wrote The Green Dwarf. She ended up going to Brussels where she alledgedly feel in love with a married professor. He is thought to be the inspiration for Villete and The Professor. After her scandel, Brontë went home and found her sisters were also writing. Together they published a book of poems under the pen names Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. Her first novel The Professor was rejected, but the publisher encouraged her to try again. The next year her book Jane Eyre along with Emily's Wuthering Heights, and Ann's Agnes Grey were published, under the pseudonyms Bell. She was proposed to by Rev. A. B. Nicholls who her father disapproved of. She rejected him, but he kept at it and she finally agreed. In 1854 Charlotte Brontë died due to getting pneumonia during her pregnancy.


I really enjoyed reading this novel, it was very different from what I expected. From the lunatic in the attic to the adorable and external image jane_eyre_wideweb__470x3270.jpgvain French girl, I fell in love from the first chapter. I liked how its not a typical romance and how different Jane and Mr. Rochester are from a typical hero and heroine. Something I didn't enjoy were the long descriptions of Jane's setting. I prefer to imagine and just be given the basics. I found Jane's honesty quite refreshing and Mr. Rochester's ploys to get Jane jealous amusing. I found funny was that the reverend was named St John. I really enjoyed this book and would recommended to anyone who loves to read.

If you loved Jane Eyre and are wishing the book never ended, check out the multiple film versions of the book. Also try other novels by the Bronte sisters for some summer reading.

Literary Information
Style: Bildungsroman
POV: First Person

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