Jane Eyre, for me, is a young maiden who matured in life through experiences which helped her become an independent being. She is an epitome of innocence and passion at once. She regards the religion but she isn’t a religious fanatic. I wonder how it would have seemed to the general folk of the mid 19th century when this book was published. The character would have been certainly despised because she brings forth an idea of feminism in this well-written classic by Charlotte Bronte.
What I liked about the book?
1. The character sketch is admirable, especially that of Mr. Rochester. He comes out to be a savager of emotions but still, he has an affable side to him as well.
2. The independence portrayed that of Jane Eyre sends across a message (must have sent across a message to the Victorian women). There is one point where Jane says that women must have some activity just like men. They are not made to be subjected to kitchen work alone.
3. The romantic nature of the book is tender and leaves an impression on you.
What I did not like about the book?
1. The long introspective paragraphs were sometimes tedious to read. The language otherwise was pleasant. Being a modern reader, it was a little tiresome for me to read certain pages of this book.
This book is a little present from a deeply thoughtful person who has shared her own life affairs, it seems from the book. After all, it was initially published as Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. It was clear from the subject matter and the events of the story that they had a certain meaning for the author as well.
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