Genre: Gothic Fiction (Romanticism), Social Criticism. 296 pages.
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My Thoughts: Classic Romanticism At It's Best
In a time when women were not authors let alone heroines of a story in contemporary literature, Charlotte Bronte defied the norms of society and wrote for her gender and made head way with the skill of her pen. Through the story of Jane Eyre's life, Charlotte brought forth many issues of gender classifications, social class issues, faith, love and much more, including danger, mystery, death, and of course romance with the sweetest HEA.
Jane Eyre is orphan and left as a ward to her Aunt Reed. Life is one sad tale after another for Jane and one may think it a rather depressing story when reading it the first time, but reading it with an open mind a reader can see Bronte crafting a story within a story. Jane endures each struggle and comes out all the better for each one. She is a model for women in not settling, even when Jane was offered all she could dream of with Mr. Rochester, she chooses to reject it as it would all be a lie in the sight of God. She kept to her principles and knew her life would be somewhere else. Jane kept her head on straight and was not swayed when things seemed hard or when an easy option came. Bronte uses Jane's life to illustrate many social points to readers of the time, but many points can still be applicable to the discussions on Feminism and talks on society in today's classes or lectures on such topics.
Overall I've read this book about 7 maybe 9 times and every time I re-read it I love it all the more. It's a classic and classics just never get old. Bronte wrote with such wit and character that Jane Eyre feels like a modern novel at times though being from the 19th century. Now one of my favorite points of the story is that despite struggle after struggle thrust upon Jane she was still able to love and find in the end despite her circumstances, if that doesn't speak of classic romance I don't know what does. Jane Eyre is and will probably always remain, my favorite book and my standard for romance books.
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