Thursday, August 15, 2013

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

"I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will."

For a classic, this book was good. Great plot but it was a little slow with the plot line, but that is to be expected for a classic.

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman's passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed. -Goodreads summary

For some reason, I had this urge to read a classic book. As recommended from one of my friends I decided on Jane Eyre. I didn't enjoy this as much as other classics I have read-mainly because of the slow plot line. One of the good things was that it wasn't as verbose as most classics. Jane Eyre was amazingly written with great in-depth characters. Some people argue that this book wasn't a romance novel because the book was about Jane's life but I believe that it is a romance novel because all the things that happen in Jane's life lead or relate to her romance with Mr. Rochester. For instance when she was young she misbehaves so she is put in a room where she sees a ghost and when she is with Mr. Rochester she sees a "ghost." 

Cover: It wasn't that bad! Keep in mind the book was a classic. 

The setting: I could truly feel as if I was there in the Rochester manor with Jane. It was written so well! The mysteriousness of the house was a great addition to the plot. 

The plot: Usually I can guess the plot of most of the books out here today. But the thing I love about classics is that it is really hard to. I couldn't guess the plot and that's what made me like this book. The plot twists were great even though there was a lot of time between them.

The characters were the best part in the book. It was great always knowing how they felt because they were all easily readable (other than Rochester.) For both of us, we had a strong disliking for Mr. Rochester *Spoiler* because who a) locks their wife in a attic, b) never tells the love of his life that he even had a wife? *End spoiler* He was also very moody and that was annoying because he wasn't readable so you didn't know what he was thinking. And his moodiness did nothing to help the book. He was written well and his character was thought through. As for Jane, she was very sensible and she was a strong female character for realizing that a) bigamy is illegal and b) leaving Rochester because of it. One thing that bugged me was when Jane got inheritance from her uncle and she was ok to stop working and live a carefree life. I know that's what they did back then when they were rich, but it rubbed me the wrong way. Jane didn't do anything to get the money, (yes she did deserve it) and then she uses it like Monopoly money. She could have donated it to the school she attended (it was funded by donations) or done something useful with it. After all, she knows what it's like being poor. 

So,  I did enjoy the plot twists, the main characters and the writing style. The long, sometimes boring plot was disappointing. So would I recommend this book? Yes, I give it a 3 star rating.