Hello, readers and writers!
After weeks of reading, I’ve finally finished my first classic novel after a few years of reading only contemporary stories. Normally, I’m not into British literature because it takes extra long to understand the messages in the story, but I enjoyed Jane Eyre and felt immersed in the story even during those intensely long monologues.
Classic novels are classic for a reason, so my review is simply coming from my opinions. We all know this novel is generally recognized as great. My likes and dislikes of the story aren’t law as other readers are free to feel how they wish about the work. If you have an opinion on Jane Eyre, let me know in the comments below!
Spoiler Alert: Normally, I stray away from spoilers, but this novel has been out for generations, so I feel that there isn’t much mystery to the story anymore. I will speak freely about the plot of the novel, so if you’re saving your knowledge for your actual reading, do not continue!
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Jane Eyre has lived a rough life. She’s fought for the small affections she’s received from teachers and caretakers when her own family has denied her happiness. She grows into a strong, resourceful woman because she refused to allow life to let her down. Mr. Rochester hires her as a governess for a young girl in his care, and they have a strong interest in one another. It goes beyond employer and employee, but there’s a dark secret he’s keeping from her. One she’s not sure can ever be forgotten.
What I Didn’t Like:
- Mr. Rochester can be a bit of a jerk sometimes, and Jane doesn’t see much wrong with it. He sees her as a person, but he still treats her as if she’s second-class, and that’s just accepted.
- Toward the end of the story, a bunch of new characters got introduced. It made the ending stretch on and on.
- I’m not sure why Mr. Rochester had to go through so much pain and torture to finally have his happily ever after. Same for Jane Eyre, but I guess it represents the harshness of life during that time period.
What I Liked:
- I loved Jane Eyre as a character since she was so strong from the beginning of the novel. She didn’t let adults treat her poorly, and she kept a strong sense of self no matter who tried to take it away.
- There were a variety of characters that helped Jane Eyre along her way. I loved how different they all were and how it impacted Jane’s story. A lot of the characters also progressed throughout the story as well, and it was nice to see how much people changed over the decades.
- The drama! Most of the male characters were honestly the most dramatic, and Mr. Rochester’s breakdown when she decides to leave is mood level 1000.
For people who shy away from classic novels, this story was actually very easy to follow. There were some long-winded monologues, but for the most part, there’s enough action to keep you entertained for the most part. Jane Eyre is also enough of a strong character to keep you invested as well. I would recommend it to anyone who’s been thinking about giving it a read!
Thank you for reading!