Jane Eyre kindle ï 590 pages

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Jane Eyre kindle ï 590 pages ↠ [BOOKS] ⚣ Jane Eyre Author Charlotte Brontë – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davis in Penguin ClassicsCharlotte Brontë tells the stor A gothic masterpiece of tempestuous pA gothic masterpiece of tempestuous passions and dark secrets Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre is edited with an introduction and notes by Stevie Davis in Penguin ClassicsCharlotte Brontë tells the story of orphaned Jane Eyre who grows up in the home of her heartless aunt enduring loneliness and Reader I gave it five stars Please let me tell you why Jane Eyre is the uintessential Victorian novel It literally has everything that was typical of the period but unlike other novels it has all the elements in one story At the centre is the romance between Jane and Rochester which is enhanced by gothic elements such as the uncanniness of the doppleganger and the spectre like ualities of Bertha In addition it is also a governess novel; these were an incredibly popular type of storytelling in the age and for it to be combined with gothic elements which are interposed with a dualistic relationship between realism and romance is really uite uniue The correct term for this is a hybrid in which no genre voice is dominant; they exist alongside each other creating one rather special book And this is so so special; it’s an excellent piece of literature Jane’s journey is gut wrenching and emotional Through her life she experiences real sorrow the kind that would make a lesser person give up She also experiences real friendship the type that comes across perhaps once in a lifetime But most significantly she experiences true love and the development of independence to form he own ending I really do love this book Bronte utilises the first person narrative which creates a high degree of intimacy with her character; it makes me feel like I know Jane as well as she comes to know her own self “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me I am a free human being with an independent will” Jane’s a strong willed individual From a very young age she had the clarity of intelligence to recognise the injustice that was her life; yes she is narrating her story retrospectively though she still had the perceptiveness to realise how mistreated she was I love the pathetic fallacy Bronte uses at the beginning The child Jane looks out the window shielded by the curtain and witnesses the horrible weather It is cold and bleak; it is windy and morose; thus we can immediately see the internal workings of Jane’s mind The weather reflects her feelings throughout the novel and at the very beginning the situation was at its worse This can also be seen with the fire imagery that represents her rage when she is shoved in the red room; it later mirrors that of Bertha’s fury Everybody needs love children especially so These early experiences help to define her later character and ultimately influence how she sees the world; she still hides behind a curtain in Rochester’s house when he flirts with Miss Ingrum These experiences set her on an almost perpetual uest for love for belonging and for the independence to make her own decisions She finds friendship in the form of Helen Burns; she gives her some sound advice but Jane cannot fully accept such religious fatalism However it does inspire her a little to continue with life; she realises no matter what happens she will always have the love of her greatest friend Jane clings to this idea but ultimately has to seek a permanent solution to her loneliness She needs a vocation one that will fulfil her and give her life meaning; thus she becomes a governess and crosses paths with the downtrodden miserable wretch that is Mr Rochester Sometimes I feel like Rochester didn’t know uite what he wanted When he sees Jane he sees a woman with strength blunt honesty and integrity he sees an emotional eual This attracts her to him which develops into love However when he tries to express his love he does it through trying to claim her as his own Through doing so not only does he show the nature of Victorian marriage he shows his own deep vulnerability He loves her mind her intelligence and he too wants to be loved He longs for it with a frightening passion So instead of doing things the way Jane would have wanted him to do he overwhelms her with expensive affection By doing so he almost loses her All Jane wanted was his heart nothing nothing less By showering her with such flattery and expensive items he insults her independence He risks destroying the thing that attracted him to her in the first place their euality; their mutual respect and love He takes away her dignity I really don’t think the original marriage would have worked Ignore the existence of the mad woman in the attic; I just think Rochester would have spoilt it It would have become too awkward They needed to be on the same societal level as well as one of intellect and character The ending is touching and a little sad but it is the only one that could ever have worked for these two characters Without the tragedy there could never have be rejuvenation and the chance for them to be together on eual terms no matter what it cost to get there If that wasn’t enough reason for me to love this book there are also elements of fantasy and desire This is a realism novel it pertains to credible events but the suggestions of fantasy only add to the strong romantic notions Rochester is enamoured by Jane; he cannot believe that a woman like her actually exists All his misguided notions are brushed away in an instant Whilst he views Jane as special it is clear that he realises that other women may also have a similar rebellious voice only hidden He considers her an elf a witch an improbable woman that has captured his desire his heart his soul his life He knows he will never be the same again From Jane’s point of view her first encounter with him is otherworldly She had grown bored with her governess role and when she sees the approach of Rochester and his dog Pilot she sees the gytrash myth; she wants to see something fantastical instead she finds her heart which is something much rarer Then there are also the feminist elements Jane transgresses the boundary associated with her gender in the Victorian age For a woman to be recognised as having eual intellect to that of a man was sadly a rare thing Women could actually attend university but the downside was they could never get the full degree They could spend months studying though never be recognised as actually having gained the ualification It was just another attempt to keep women under the thumb so for Bronte to portray the truth of Jane’s eual intellect is a great step for the recognition of women and women writers This book received a whole host of negative reviews at the time of its publication for this element alone Stupid really but that’s misogyny for you Reader I love this book I really could go on but this is getting kind of long I hope I’ve made it clear why I love this story so much I shall be reading this again later this year to correspond with my exams which I’m already looking forward to the reading that is not the exams I don’t think will ever have read this story enough thoughYou can connect with me on social media via My Linktree

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Rcing her to make a choice Should she stay with Rochester and live with the conseuences or follow her convictions even if it means leaving the man she loves? A novel of intense power and intrigue Jane Eyre dazzled readers with its passionate depiction of a woman's search for euality and freedom Child neglect near death a dash of magical realism the power of love the powerlessness of the poor sexual rivalry mystery madness and It is as powerful as ever but is it really a love story given Rochester's Svengali tendencies or is it a life story? His downfall and her inheritance make them eual but is it really love on his part? I'm not sure which is what makes it such a good book just not necessarily a love story I also like the tension between it being very Victorian in some obvious ways and yet controversially modern in others an immoral hero a fiercely independent and assertive heroine and some very unpleasant Christians it's not that I think Christians are bad or like seeing them portrayed in a nasty way it's Bronte's courage in writing such characters I admire ChildhoodAbout the first uarter of the book concerns the tremendous hardship and abuse that Jane suffers growing up It's often heavily cut from film TV and stage adaptations but despite the fluff about this being a great love story I think there is merit in paying attention to her formative years as an essential element of explaining what makes Jane the person she becomesThe Red Room where young Jane is banished shortly before being sent to Lowood is a very short episode in the book but its significance is probably greater than its brevity implies The trauma of the Red Room is not just because Mr Reed died there but because of the associations of red blood death compounded by cold silence blinds that are always closed and a bed like a sacrificial altar Is it also some sort of reference to Bertha's attic?Jane endures dreadful hardships she is orphaned; her aunt says she is less than a servant for you do nothing for your keep and invokes the wrath of God who might strike her dead in the midst of one of her tantrums; she endures injustice as she strives to be good but is always condemned while the faults of her cousins are indulged or ignored So she is sent to Lowood where she sees the hypocritical tyranny of Brocklehurst survives cold and near starvation and witnesses her best friend's death Nevertheless I would not have exchanged Lowood with all its privations for Gateshead and its daily luxuries There is a dreadful irony in the fact that the first time a relative demonstrates any interest in her John Eyre it seems to ruin everything Villains and ChristianityWho is the worst villain John Reed Aunt Reed Mr Brocklehurst Blanche Ingram St John Rivers or even Rochester?Christianity gets a very mixed press in the book Mr Brocklehurst is cruel and comically hypocritical curly hair is evil vanity in poor girls who must not conform to nature but fine for his pampered daughters; St John Rivers thinks his devoutness selfless but is actually cold and selfish his motive being to gain glory in Heaven for himself; Helen Burns is a redemptive Christ figure who accepts her punishments as deserved helps Jane tame herself Helen had calmed me and of course dies Jane's own beliefs or lack are always somewhat vague though she's very moral and controversially feisty When as a small girl the nasty Brocklehurst asks her what she should do to avoid going to Hell she replies I must keep in good health and not dieAspects the way Christianity is portrayed may make it accessible to modern readers from secular backgrounds but might have been shocking to devout Victorians Perhaps they were placated by the fact that despite the cruelty Jane forgives Aunt Reed for trying to improve her errant niece even though it was in her nature to wound me cruellyMale Power Feminism and Relevance TodayMen had most of the power and respect in Bronte's time and often Jane has to go along with that However Bronte does subvert that to some extent by making Jane so assertive determined and independent The story of Jane Eyre has parallels with the story of Bluebeard albeit with a very different ending in which the woman takes charge of her own destiny Bluebeard was well known in Victorian fables as a rich and swarthy man who locked discarded wives in an attic though he killed them first He took a new young wife and when she discovered her predecessors he was about to kill her but she was rescued by her brothers rather as Mason wants to rescue Bertha Jane even likens an attic corridor to one in some Bluebeard's castle so Bronte clearly knew the story and assumed he readers did too See her minimal contact with men right from the outset Jane instinctively knows how to respond to the man she describes as changeful and abrupt When they first meet in the house and he is uizzing her she consciously mirrors his tone I speaking as seriously as he had done and His changes of mood did not offend me because I saw I had nothing to do with their alteration Like many bullies he enjoys a bit of a fight rather than the nervous prompt and unuestioning obedience his manner normally elicits and Jane isn't afraid to answer him back and speak her mind It isn't long before she can say I knew the pleasure of vexing him and soothing him by turns When Blanche arrives Jane realises he had not given her his love and that she could not charm him as she could At this point she realises her self delusions in overlooking his faults and merely considering them as keen condimentsWhat should modern women make of this book? Bronte is radical in that neither Jane nor Rochester is conventionally attractive it is personality that matters and Jane is fiercely independent and assertive even when she gives the impression of being submissive She even says Women are supposed to feel very calm generally but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint precisely as men would suffer On the other hand Rochester's treatment of Jane Bertha Blanche and Céline is hard to justify other than the fact he keeps Bertha alive why not kill her? Does disappointment and disability truly changed him and does that coupled with her independent wealth make them euals? Will they live happily ever after?RochesterWhat were Rochester's plans and motives for his relationship with Jane? Why does he insist that Jane appears in the drawing room every evening while Blanche and friends are staying even though he fully understands and comments on how depressed it makes Jane? And would Rochester have married Blanche if Mason hadn't turned up making a big society wedding impossible? If so was Jane always in his mind as a mistress and backup in case marriage to Blanche was not possible or did he only decide to marry her much later? What sort of basis for a happy marriage is that and can the eualising effect of his later disability and her inheritance really conuer it? It's true that Rochester tells Jane I feigned courtship of Miss Ingram because I wished to render you as madly in love with me as I was with you but that is after Mason's visit so is it true?Rochester's treatment of Bertha is even problematic divorce wasn't viable and yet he didn't want to leave her behind in the Caribbean very odd In a funny sort of way he might have felt he was doing the right thing by her or at least not the wrong thing In a society which condemns divorce and cohabitation is Rochester's planned bigamy justifiable? As Rochester hints to Jane early on Unheard of combinations of circumstances demand unheard of rules He also knows that Jane's integrity means she must be unaware of the details if he is to be with her he says that if he asked her to do something bad she would say no sir I cannot do it because it is wrong though in fact there is a bigger tussle between her head and heart than he might have expected Later he ponders the fact that she is alone in the world as being some sort of justification It will atone and extends to the blasphemous and deluded I know my Maker sanctions what I do For the world's judgement I wash my hands thereof St JohnJane's bond with St John is very different and she realise it I daily wished to please him; but to do so I felt daily and that I must disown half my nature His proposal is positively alarming You are formed for labour not for love A missionary's wife you must shall be You shall be mine I claim you not for my pleasure but for my Sovereign's service Under the guise of serving God and man he is irredeemably self servingMagic Realism?The strangest element is the small but hugely significant ethereal message from Rochester that might now be called magical realism It sits oddly with the rest of the book but I can never decide whether this is it a strength or a weaknessWho Knows What?A constant theme is who knows what? Is Aunt Reed ignorant of how awful Lowood is and has she truly convinced herself that her treatment of Jane is appropriate? How much does Mrs Fairfax know and tell about Rochester's wives current and intended? Does Rochester know whether or not Adele is really his daughter and what does Jane believe? Blanche appears to know very little but is she only seeing what she wants to see? Love?Overall there is so much in this book it is well worth rereading but I am not convinced that it is a love story It is the easiest label to apply and although Jane certainly finds love I am not sure that love finds her They're intellectually well matched and the sparring and physical attraction bode well On the other hand my doubts about his motivations when he was juggling Blanche and Jane make me uneasy Incidentally I first read this book at school a naive mid teen enjoys and appreciates it for very different reasons than an adult One day we were at a point when Jane was with the Rivers and possibly being courted by St John We were told to read to page x for homework so I turned to that page to mark it and saw the famous words not that I knew they were Reader I married him and was shocked to assume it referred to St JohnJane's Place in My LifeThere are many reasons I love this book including but not limited to1 The cliché of first reading this at an impressionable age 152 Coming with no preconceptions other than knowing it was a classic so I had a couple of big surprises in the plot3 Being at a boarding school myself at the time though fortunately not much like Lowood4 uestioning my faith and the role of religion then and since5 uestioning the roles and rights of women then and since6 Jane herself That's a major one7 The fact the book is daringly subversive for its time most of the Christians are bad and Jane is fiercely outspoken and independent most of the time 8 I get something new from it each timeLike many I first read this at school I was captivated from the outset Jane was wild and brave and rebellious all things we weren't supposed to be and yet we had to read and write about her I vaguely knew about the wedding scene but everything about her time with the Rivers was new and unexpected For all that I had doubts about Rochester I felt in a naive teenage way I shared a passion for him When I thought Jane would end up with St John I was devastated The actual ending was a happy relief all the so because it had been unexpected I thought I understood the book and got good marks for essays about it apart from the injustice of being deducted marks for a comment a teacher refused to believe I hadn't copied from Brodie's Notes a study guide I'd only ever heard of But like all great works of art it speaks differently on each encounter and the I've read it aided by a bit of maturity along the way and now discussions with GR friends the I've seen in itSo no this not a love story on the pages But there is a love story between the reader and Jane PreuelI finally read Jean Rhys' preuel Wide Sargasso Sea reviewed here FilmI was disappointed with the Jane Eyre film Mia Waskikowska was good as Jane and it looked right but Fassbender as Rochester was awful He didn't brood enough for my liking but what I think is less excusable is that he didn't really change during the course of the story Just as bad Jamie Bell was too nice to be St John In fact the whole episode at the Rivers' was very poorly done Overall it removed all ambiguity making a complex story of truth and lies divided loyalty and mixed emotions boringly straightforward

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Jane EyreCruelty This troubled childhood strengthens Jane's natural independence and spirit which prove necessary when she finds employment as a governess to the young ward of Byronic brooding Mr Rochester As her feelings for Rochester develop Jane gradually uncovers Thornfield Hall's terrible secret fo FIVE REASONS WHY JANE EYRE WOULD NEVER BE A BESTSELLER IN OUR TIMES5 Four hundred odd pages of purely descriptive writing4 Overt religious themes and moral preaching3 A plain Jane heroine who stays plain No makeovers to reveal a hitherto hidden prettiness that only needed an application of hydrogen peroxide and some eyebrow plucking to emerge full blown2 The world is not well lost for love In the war between self respect and grand passion principles win hands down Rousing yet tender speeches do not make our heroine forsake her creed to fall swooning and submissive into her alpha's arms 1 NO SEXWhen I was a little girl I had a doll named Saloni Now Saloni wasn't a particularly attractive specimen as dolls go especially since over the years I had drilled a hole in her little rosebud mouth in order to 'feed' her I had 'brushed' her hair till all the poor synthetic threads had fallen out and I had dragged her around with me so much one of her big blue eyes had fallen off But in my eyes Saloni was the best doll ever created She was my comfort my mainstay in a world filled with confusing new things like school and daycare and other little people Jane Eyre is my grown up version of Saloni Comfort food for my brain There are two authors I will read over and over and over again until the day I die One of them is Charlotte Bronte the other one is Georgette Heyer I have read Jane Eyre a million times but I never tire of the story Every time I reach the scene where she professes her love to Mr Rochester I come out in goosebumps Every single time Age and experience have taught me to spot the flaws in the story and the characters The ineffable belief in English superiority The condescending attitude towards servants and people of the lower class The ill treatment of mentally disabled people The almost uaker ish sentiments of Jane Eyre But all of this detracts not a whit from one of the greatest love stories ever told And there are a lot of things to admire in this book as well Edward Rochester ugly as sin but powerful and dominant and unbelievably attractive in spite of his looks A love that grows and strengthens on the basis of mutual sympathy respect and a meeting of the minds that a lot of our authors would do well to learn from Jane Eyre who does not think that her great love excuses acts of selfishness and immorality Despite being drawn as a somewhat submissive personality Jane manages to hold her own with uiet fortitude never loudly asserting her intelligence or talent but nonetheless displaying a strength of character that would put the Bellas and Noras of out time to shame Jane Eyre would never as I have said above be a bestseller if it had been written in our times And that is a loss we must take upon ourselves That we have put such prime value on lust and looks and power that we have forgotten to be real in our writing There is a reason why millions of people the world over remember and revere a book written a hundred and fifty odd years ago while the bestsellers of our times slip uickly and uietly from our memories Jane Eyre is than just a beautiful book about a love story that transcends all boundaries; it is a testament to the power of pure emotion that can be felt through the ages and across all barriers of time and culture

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