There was no possibility of taking a walk that day. We had been wandering indeed, in the leafless shrubbery an hour in the morning, but since dinner (Mrs. Reed, when there was no company, dined early) the cold winter wind had brought with it clouds so sombre, and a rain so penetrating, that further out-door exercise was now out of the question." This is the opening paragraph to the fascinating novel 'Jane Eyre' written in 1847 by the woman writer Charlotte Bronte, and yet Jane Eyre still remains a classic of 19th century literature.
Jane Eyre is romantic without being sappy or trite. The pace is nearly perfect and kept me turning pages to find out what happened. The story avoids becoming tedious, as some English novels are which proves that it's easy to see why the book is such a classic.
The main characters are multi-dimensional and very intriguing, Jane Eyre has almost too many characters but some are memorable simply because they seem so real. The two characters that I found most interesting and memorable were of course Jane Eyre and Mr Rochester.
This novel is one of a kind; Jane Eyre is a young orphan with harsh relatives who ship her off to a school for underprivileged children. It is not the most pleasant place imaginable. She grows up there, and then goes to work as a governess under a mysterious man, Mr. Rochester. Despite all his harsh ways, she falls in love with him. But a dark secret threatens to destroy their love. It's obvious that Rochester is attracted to Jane when he meets her. Although he's 20 years her senior, and she are merely eighteen, there's an instant attraction on both sides. In my opinion I think she's worried to commit to a man, because no one, properly, apart from her Uncle has ever loved Jane. And the first person she became close to ' Helen Burns, a friend she made in Lowood School ' died young. I can't help thinking that Jane is so worried about starting a relationship because of her losses in her life. Her Mother,...