Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

I’m having some trouble articulating my feelings about Jane Eyre. I started out really loving the book, it really challenged my English reading comprehension and had some very lovely observations in it. I loved Jane’s character and how it developed and became quite fascinated by the goings on at Thornfield. I sometimes wished Jane would be a little more inquisitive about the strange things that were happening, but I understood her to be very trusting of Mr. Rochester due to her love for him.
Jane’s acceptance of Rochesters forceful ways are sometimes a little much for my tastes, I would have liked her to challenge him a bit more to even the score. But I quite enjoyed the resolution of the mystery of Thornfield. I was surprised by all the stuff that happens after that. I could see how much book I still had left to read, but I could not have predicted the curve the story took. At first I was quite fascinated by this whole new part of the story, and I felt that Jane finding a place at the village school would have been a good ending to the book. It would subvert the expectation that at some point the obstacle keeping her and Rochester apart would be solved and they could finally be together. (I am quite amused that the problem would never have been a problem in today’s society, it shows how different the world is now.)

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë I was a little disappointed with where the story went next. Not that Jane didn’t deserve to be happy, but that she just happens upon long lost relations didn’t feel realistic to me. And the religious context of the discussions Jane and St. John have about becoming a missionary did not give me a good feeling. I had a little trouble divorcing from my regular attitude about such things and to put it in the context of the times the book was written. The long speeches were also a little difficult for me. Maybe I’ll understand it better on a re-read.
When Jane finally returns to Thornfield Hall to see how it’s fared, I got excited again. But all that has happened really is that the story wraps itself in a nice little bow to give our heroine her happy ever after.

While I was very proud of Jane for sticking to her principles and leaving Thornfield in the first place, at that time I was so very curious to stay with the people staying behind and learn how they’re impacted by the leaving of Jane and the happenings that led to her doing so. As a reader I felt constricted by the first-person narrative right then. That’s the first time that has ever happened to me. Usually I really love the first-person view.

I think the secret of Thornfield Hall and what it ended up being was my favourite part of the book.

The bookmark is mostly Acrylic (I sketched with a pencil, then put a layer of colour pencil on it, then painted over that with acrilyc paint and finally put some acrylic varnish on it.) Those who’ve read the book will (hopefully) recognize the portrait. :)

Jane Eyre - Charlotte Brontë

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3 thoughts on “Jane Eyre – Charlotte Brontë

  1. Piak says:

    Whoo! Now you can finally read ‘The Eyre Affair’!
    And what you might like to read as well, it is a reaction to this book and probably more to your liking, is ‘Wide Sargasso Sea’ by Jean Rhys. I’ll tell you about it in a bit over coffee (and I still love you, so no worries ;) )

  2. […] Shack still had it’s bookmark, and both Jane Eyre and Pride and Prejudice and Zombies are currently with […]

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