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Jane Eyre, Everygirl

Jane Eyre, EverygirlJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
1847
Genre: Classics

Jane Eyre, EverygirlJane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë
1847
Genre: Classics



 

My 2-Sentence Summary

After a miserable orphaned childhood, Jane becomes a governess and falls in love with her wealthy, unpredictable employer. Will the terrible secret in the attic drive her away forever?

In which I re-evaluate my distaste for Victorian lit

Back in high school, I had to read Pride and Prejudice for class. I absolutely киносеансы hated it (sorry, Austen fans!), and concluded that Victorian lit was confined to discussing frilly 2015 petticoats and the insipid marital dramas of the wealthy. (Never mind that P&P isn’t actually Victorian…) I’m so glad cheap mlb jerseys I gave Jane Eyre a chance.

Jane stays relevant

Jane felt as if she could be my friend: like me, her reserved exterior masks a rich Slow inner life. Even though her story was written centuries ago, many of her struggles are still relevant. Like many young adults today, she yearns to find a home and sense of community; her taste for adventure is constrained by meager life circumstances; she’s determined to succeed as an independent being, and | will only marry a man whom she cheap nba jerseys believes to to be her equal.

Timeless advice I loved

Advocate against injustice. Keep your sense of self-worth in the face of social rejection. Remember that all people are Welcome! inherently equal, despite differences in class or gender.

Favorite Quote

“I can live alone, if self-respect, and circumstances require me so to do. I need not sell my soul to buy bliss. I have an inward treasure born with me, which can keep me cheap mlb jerseys alive if all extraneous delights should be withheld, or offered only at a price I cannot afford to give.”

My Verdict

Jane Eyre is an inspirational tale of perseverance in an unfair world. I wish I had read it years ago!

I’m on a mission to read more classic literature. Here’s my master list of classics, if you’re interested.

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  • Reply Jorie January 9, 2016 at 11:35 am

    Hallo, Hallo Paloma!!

    So happy we share a fond affection for Jane Eyre even though I am still on the fringes of reading the crust of the novel, as I never could get my thoughts to wrap around the novel outside of my initial attempt at a readalong known as Septemb-Eyre! It was such a good start and footing, as I felt so very inspired by what I was reading, that I produced one of my longer book showcases about the first part of the story itself: Jane Eyre (Chapters I-XI) by Charlotte Brontë .

    Until by serendipitous measures, I crossed paths with an Eyre sequel author who has written a series of novels expanding on Rochester’s wife, etc. I previously read Keeping Kate by Lauren Winder Farnsworth and felt I would soon re-pick up the original canon – only to find myself unable to set my mind around it. I still have Keeping Kate on my shelf as I want to re-read it shortly after reading Jane Eyre in full.

    In regards to Pride and Prejudice, I would not be too hard on yourself, as i TRULY wanted to be an Austen reader a long, long time ago — only to find, my inability to soak inside her collective works. I would vacillate between Pride and Sense and Sensibility finding that it was Keira Knightley’s adaptation that provided the segue into Pride! I devoured it, and right in time, too! I was able to see a showing of the film before it exited theaters, and I cannot tell you how wonderful it felt! There were a certain level of creative liberties taken why by most Janeite standards was too much afield, but for me, fit in well with the cast of the film and the overall construction of it’s story. It had just enough of the original to make me smile! I still love watching it to this day!

    Having said that, if it’s not your cuppa, don’t worry about it! We all like different authors for different reasons! 🙂

    Now back to Eyre — this week I’m finishing my Eyre reading before moving into Wide Sargasso Sea and then *drum roll* the sequel novel All Hallows at Eyre Hall by Luccia Gray!! Do keep an eye out on my tweets as you’ll know when I’m getting closer to revealling my thoughts!

    Normally I prefer reading the canon *ahead of a sequel* but it’s happened a few times now, wherein I only had time enough to read the sequel (for blog tours) and not the original canons. What I found the most encouraging, is the sequels were so well-writ, I was finding myself with a renewal of interest in the original canons! You see, this happened to me for Sense and Sensibility too and I was most surprised by that!

    What are your thoughts on re-tellings, sequels and inspired-by after canons?!

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