Book Review: Jane Eyre
A certain Miss Jane Eyre once said, “‘I am no bird; and no net ensnares me; I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you.'”
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. With incredible wit, imagination, and passion, Brontë created a classic that is sure to inspire and influence its readers.
Jane Eyre illustrates the life of the title character. From her traumatic years as a hot-tempered orphan to her adulthood as an independent, intelligent woman, Brontë uncovers every detail. Eyre matures with each step of her life. She follows her intuition, never sacrificing her sense of self or her morals, and eventually finds love.
What Makes It a Gem
What stood out the most about Jane Eyre is that it told an entire life story, in first person, and somehow there was never a moment too over-bearing or tiresome. In addition, the novel conveyed social commentary about the expectations of women, and the roles of religion and education.
Though it is unclear as to whether the book is based on a person Brontë knew (some suggest it was loosely based off a real woman), there are moments and experiences we can all relate to. And, despite Jane Eyre being over two hundred years old, the lessons it conveys are those we can all learn and grow from.
Overall, Brontë’s masterpiece is unforgettable. Every paragraph, sentence, phrase, and word is beautifully crafted. Jane Eyre truely depicts nineteenth-century English life. Yet unlike its Jane Austen, romantic counterparts, Charlotte Brontë writes a distinctly honest interpretation.