Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë


The novel is a first-person narrative from the perspective of the title character. The novel’s setting is somewhere in the north of England, during the reign of George III (1760–1820), and goes through five distinct stages: Jane’s childhood at Gateshead Hall, where she is emotionally and physically abused by her aunt and cousins; her education at Lowood School, where she gains friends and role models but suffers privations and oppression; her time as governess at Thornfield Hall, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester; her time with the Rivers family, during which her earnest but cold clergyman cousin, St. John Rivers, proposes to her; and her reunion with, and marriage to, her beloved Rochester. During these sections the novel provides perspectives on a number of important social issues and ideas, many of which are critical of the status quo. Literary critic Jerome Beaty opines that the close first person perspective leaves the reader “too uncritically accepting of her worldview”, and often leads reading and conversation about the novel towards supporting Jane, regardless of how irregular her ideas or perspectives are.

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Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Jane Eyre is a classic Victorian novel that covers the different stages of the title character’s life.

First is Jane’s childhood with her aunt and cousins who are emotionally abusive. 

Next when she is sent off to Lowood school.  Although life is hard at Lowood she makes friends and has role models.

After her education she works as the governess of Thornfield Manor.  Here she falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester.

Next whe moves on to the Rivers family at Marsh’s End (or Moor House) and Morton. Here her cold cousin proposes to her but she is reunited with her beloved Edward Rochester.

This novel is in part, an autobiography of Charlotte Bronte. It is a must have, classical with sinister gothic elements!



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