Tuesday, April 08, 2008

Jane Eyre

I just finished reading ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Bronte. Written by Bronte in 1847 under the pseudonym, Currer Bell, ‘Jane Eyre’ is an account of the life of Jane Eyre, as is evident from the name of the book itself. I enjoyed reading it although it was a bit boring in parts. I must also add that it was tougher than Sherlock Holmes and far tougher than Harry Potter. But, the language was very clear and by the time I reached the middle of the novel, I was familiar with certain words that Bronte had used frequently and so, it became considerably easier.

Jane Eyre is an orphan. After the death of her maternal uncle, she is left under the care of her aunt, the arrogant Mrs. Reed. Right from the fourth page, the readers find Jane Eyre being looked down upon by her aunt and cousins. When she is sent to Lowood Institution after that, she feels that she is better off, but she still fails to find the warmth of a home at Lowood. Bronte has described the first ten years of Jane Eyre’s life excellently. Whether it is Jane’s trauma in the ‘red room’ at Gateshead Hall(her aunt’s place) or her confrontation with Mrs. Reed or her affectionate relationship with Helen Burns at Lowood, the author surely engages the readers. In fact, she has been at her best while describing the first ten years of Jane Eyre’s life. At the end of this period, she says, “But this is not to be a regular autobiography: I am only bound to invoke memory where I know her responses will possess some degree of interest; therefore I now pass a period of eight years almost in silence: a few lines only are necessary to keep up the links of connexion.” But, I would have gladly read a more detailed account because I feel that Bronte would have given us more of those wonderful descriptions which she has given in the first ten chapters of the book.

After that, Jane Eyre becomes Adele’s governess at Thornfield Hall and also falls in love with her employer, Mr. Edward Rochester. From this point onwards, the novel proceeds in a manner that finally unites Jane and Mr. Rochester with interesting twists and turns. The enigma of Thornfield Hall is the backbone of the novel. It makes the novel very thrilling at times. The worst part of the novel is St. John Rivers, Jane’s cousin, who according to me, talks too much and gives us difficult and long paragraphs to comprehend.

In the end, the credit goes to Charlotte Bronte for completely stepping into the shoes of Jane Eyre and then writing the novel. By ending the novel happily and adding a touch of mystery to the novel, she wipes the impressions of the boring parts off the readers’ minds. She has created a real heroine called Jane Eyre. We have been obliged to love and respect Jane Eyre because of her perseverance, unique attitude and a brave approach to the numerous challenges of her life.

9 comments:

Woodsmoke said...

MF!
Excellent work, Madam Reviewer. Both the language and the structure are fantastic.
Jane Eyre is among my favorite classics as well.
(And btw, I have emailed you.)

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Swetank said...

Hey babe!

NICE review! I really want to read Jane Eyre now. Will do as soon as time permits.

And sorry, I know I disappeared again. :| Just been too, too busy. I wish I could post something on my blog sometime, and also get to read all your blogs more regularly.

Tell you what. My college gets over in a month. Then I'll start a new blog where I'll be much more regular and write a lot more interesting posts than on this blog which I haven't really used much lately. Does that sound better? :)

Keep up the reading. I love people who read. :)

~ Deeps ~ said...

i can see traces of woodie writing in your post.......good review...short and very well presented

Amiya said...

Hey, that's very nicely written! And analyzed too, like this part: "By ending the novel happily and adding a touch of mystery to the novel, she wipes the impressions of the boring parts off the readers’ minds"... agree with that completely.
Good job!

Butterfly said...

@Woodsmoke
Thank You!:-D
I read ur mail and sent you a reply.

@Shreya
I posted a comment on your blog.You must have seen it by now.:-)

@Swetank
Hello!
Of course that sounds better! I am sure you will post many interesting things on your new blog. Will wait for them...:-)
I'll surely keep up the reading. I too love people who read.

@Deeps
Thank You!:-)

@Amiya Didi
Thank You!:-)

Titash said...

Never read Jane Eyre, never wanted to, but after reading this review I am tempted to.

Have you read Johanna Spyri's Heidi?

Butterfly said...

@Titash
Oh Yes, I have read Heidi. It is one of my favourites!:-)