“Orphaned Jane Eyre grows up in the home of her heartless aunt, where she endures loneliness and cruelty, and at a charity school with a harsh regime. This troubled childhood strengthens Jane’s natural independence and spirit – which prove necessary when she takes a position as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him and live with the consequences, or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving the man she loves? A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre dazzled and shocked readers with its passionate depiction of a woman’s search for equality and freedom.”
I read this novel for the first time last year. After constantly wanting to read it, or rather saying I would, I finally got the chance. Sure it was required for class but I still read it. I had heard great things about this novel and I have heard terrible things about it, too. I, personally, really enjoyed reading it. It was a great novel with a great story line. It did start out a bit dark with Jane living with family who absolutely hated her for no good reason. Then it went to Jane living in a gloomy school. I thought that the whole novel would be like that, dark and depressing. But it did get a lot better. When she finally became a governess, that is when I felt as though the story really started. We were able to see what kind of person she was. My first time reading it, I absolutely despised Rochester. I imagined him to be old with gray hair and when he declared his love for Jane, I was a bit appalled that she loved him back. But I guess true love really does not care who you are, what you do, or what you look like. My opinion of Rochester did not change after reading it a second time. I still did not like him. The mystery aspects within this book were amazing. It kept me on my toes and once they finally unveiled the mystery I was shocked to read it. It was something that I never expected to find out but it did make the story more interesting. Without the mystery the plot would have been a bit dull and similar to other governess novels during that time period. I hope you enjoy this novel as much as I did!