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Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte

Jane Erye

Author: Charlotte Bronte

Pages [paperback]: 525

Favorite Character: Helen Burns


Immediately recognized as a masterpiece when it was first published in 1847, Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is an extraordinary coming-of-age story featuring one of the most independent and strong-willed female protagonists in all of literature. Poor and plain, Jane Eyre begins life as a lonely orphan in the household of her hateful aunt. Despite the oppression she endures at home, and the later torture of boarding school, Jane manages to emerge with her spirit and integrity unbroken. She becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she finds herself falling in love with her employer—the dark, impassioned Mr. Rochester. But an explosive secret tears apart their relationship, forcing Jane to face poverty and isolation once again.

One of the world’s most beloved novels, Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern blend of passion, romance, mystery, and suspense.


I was surprised to enjoy this book. It wasn’t great, but it wasn’t dreadfully boring either. I was assigned to read this for school, but I probably would have ended up reading it anyway as I’m attempting to read the classics. Perhaps I would have liked it better if I picked it up out of my own free will.

Jane is a rather plain girl who isn’t very pretty but it clever and has a mind of her own. She falls for Mr. Rochester, who is later revealed to have a dreadful secret. The twists and turns of her life are fairly interesting, but until the last twenty or so pages I wasn’t really all that into it.

Jane Erye gets 3/5 stars. It was okay but I don’t think I’ll be re-reading it in the near future.

5 thoughts on “Jane Erye by Charlotte Bronte

  1. Oh, the classics. Why do our english classes still force them down our kids throats? Good books sure, but there are so many more out there that the kids will enjoy better, and, hey, don’t we need lots of ‘readers’ who’ll grow up to buy books, not lots of kids put off them by having to read ones that don’t relate to our modern day.

    Yes we get some well educated readers, but if I had to choose, I’d rather have lots of readers.


  2. You should see the BBC production of this. It’s brilliant. It’s not that much fun actually reading it, but seeing it is much better.

    The issue of classics has been raging for years now. I’m firmly in favour of them, because the language they are written in are the only way kids will get a mental workout. The whole idea isn’t to enjoy the book, it’s to get kids to understand the multiple meaning of words regardless of them being obsolete in today’s vernacular. It’s a bit nerdy, but if you can read Jane Eyre and a few other classics without switching off then it’s a good indicator of your concentration and comprehension skills. Kids have major lack in those fields which can only really be addressed by making them read the stuff.


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