Jane Eyre


Jun 24, 2013

I feel as if I know this novel from the top of my head - and yes, that is why I placed the book on top of my head for the photo. Here is another nineteenth century novel, which I had studied for my first year of A Level English Literature. While I feel sick of the site of the novel, particularly with the amount of white lines down the spine of the book and the notations inside reminding me of how excessively I had read its mainly lines; I can't knock it too much. The motifs and themes are so blatant and in your face that it made it a lot easier to spot the parts I needed for my essay. Putting that point aside, it's a good read and enjoyable as just that.

The language is easy-going in comparison to quite a lot of Victorian novels, which makes it a pretty easy read and almost ageless. While many look at the novel as a romance, which in some cases it is, its main focus is the independence of a woman throughout her life - something women did not have at the time because of the separate spheres ideology and sexual double standards present during the nineteenth century. For a piece of Victorian literature, it's pretty unconventional - though looking at society and how it is today, the issues manifested inside do not appear to be so out-of-the-ordinary.

Had I not been analysing the life out of the novel, I would probably still enjoy reading it to this day. As I said, my first read was pretty enjoyable - but after monotonous turning of pages and learning many quotes, even dreaming about them at some point, I don't enjoy it as much. This was the first novel I had analysed to such an extent, which is probably why the horrid feeling I had gained from the re-reading of the pages has stuck with me to this day. Maybe in the future I can look back at it in a different light and enjoy it again - but until then it will remain in my cupboard where I cannot see it.

Another from my blog. :)


New Talker
Dec 30, 2017
Southern United States
I first read Jane Eyre way back when I was a teenager (now in my 70’s) and I loved it then, and it is still one of my most favorite novels of all time. Of course, I was not trying to analyze the book for an essay, I was just reading it for the story itself, and most of the books that I was reading back then were by older authors anyway, because they were books that my parents had in their book library.
After reading the book (or perhaps before reading it), I watched the 1940’s version movie of Jane Eyre, starring Orson Wells and it also became one of my most memorable movies. They have since made newer versions, color and not the old black & white style; but I think that no one has played the parts any better than was done in the original movie.
Although I was interested in the theme of women’s independence, it was the romance and the heartbreaking story that affected me the most when I read it, and that is also the reason that I have re-read the book over the years.