Author: Charlotte Brontë (1847)
jusco’s Rating: ★★★★1/2
Charlotte Brontë’s writing is so intricately structured, conveying clearly even the smallest of emotions to the reader. There is a stronger sense of relatable intimacy with the characters, which makes Jane Eyre a highly enjoyable and emotion-provoking read. Horrifyingly ill-treated as a child and eventually sent to a boarding school, Jane, independent, lion-hearted and strong-willed, finds herself working as a governess at Thornfield Hall, teaching a French girl, interacting with an old and kindly housekeeper and ultimately experiencing a spring of complicated emotions (aka love) emerging between the master, Mr. Rochester, and herself. Don’t forget to add to that the further complexities of screams heard in the night, pompous high-class ladies and overtly pious, determined missionaries, and you have for yourself one of the greatest depictions of trials, deception and of course, most importantly, love.
Jane is a highly likable character with very few faults, but this does not imply a lack of well roundedness. Her thought processes and arising challenges are heart-breaking to read and there is a sense of urgency to cheer and support her from the start; beaten by her cousins and aunt, bearing the ill-gotten label of insolent, devil child. She is headstrong and determined to defeat the world that is apparently bent on breaking her. She is by no means beautiful, but just plain (a great difference from say Austen’s beautiful heroines); yet she is just as enthralling and captivating. Mr. Rochester is an interesting character that plays both alongside and against her, and proves to be a workable catalyst for the revealing and maturing of Jane’s remarkable character.
Beautifully written, Brontë has created a masterpiece and one of the greatest works of English literature. Though a seemingly simple plot and sequence of events, a few sudden and shocking happenings as well as the painstaking journey of Jane, which includes her maturing growth of mind, heart and soul, turns out to be greatly rewarding for those who desire a true, exceptional love story.