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read doc Û Jane Eyre ☆ ↠ charlotte brontë ´ [Reading] ➿ Jane Eyre Author Charlotte Brontë – Orphaned as a child Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall where she has been hired by the brooding proud Edward RoHere is a terrifying secret inside the gloomy forbidding Thornfield Hall Is Rochester hiding from Jane? Will Jane be left heartbroken and exiled once again? Child neglect near death a dash of magical realism the power of love the powerlessness of the poor sexual rivalry mystery madness and It is as powerful as ever but is it really a love story given Rochester's Svengali tendencies or is it a life story? His downfall and her inheritance make them eual but is it really love on his part? I'm not sure which is what makes it such a good book just not necessarily a love story I also like the tension between it being very Victorian in some obvious ways and yet controversially modern in others an immoral hero a fiercely independent and assertive heroine and some very unpleasant Christians it's not that I think Christians are bad or like seeing them portrayed in a nasty way it's Bronte's courage in writing such characters I admire ChildhoodAbout the first uarter of the book concerns the tremendous hardship and abuse that Jane suffers growing up It's often heavily cut from film TV and stage adaptations but despite the fluff about this being a great love story I think there is merit in paying attention to her formative years as an essential element of explaining what makes Jane the person she becomesThe Red Room where young Jane is banished shortly before being sent to Lowood is a very short episode in the book but its significance is probably greater than its brevity implies The trauma of the Red Room is not just because Mr Reed died there but because of the associations of red blood death compounded by cold silence blinds that are always closed and a bed like a sacrificial altar Is it also some sort of reference to Bertha's attic?Jane endures dreadful hardships she is orphaned; her aunt says she is less than a servant for you do nothing for your keep and invokes the wrath of God who might strike her dead in the midst of one of her tantrums; she endures injustice as she strives to be good but is always condemned while the faults of her cousins are indulged or ignored So she is sent to Lowood where she sees the hypocritical tyranny of Brocklehurst survives cold and near starvation and witnesses her best friend's death Nevertheless I would not have exchanged Lowood with all its privations for Gateshead and its daily luxuries There is a dreadful irony in the fact that the first time a relative demonstrates any interest in her John Eyre it seems to ruin everything Villains and ChristianityWho is the worst villain John Reed Aunt Reed Mr Brocklehurst Blanche Ingram St John Rivers or even Rochester?Christianity gets a very mixed press in the book Mr Brocklehurst is cruel and comically hypocritical curly hair is evil vanity in poor girls who must not conform to nature but fine for his pampered daughters; St John Rivers thinks his devoutness selfless but is actually cold and selfish his motive being to gain glory in Heaven for himself; Helen Burns is a redemptive Christ figure who accepts her punishments as deserved helps Jane tame herself Helen had calmed me and of course dies Jane's own beliefs or lack are always somewhat vague though she's very moral and controversially feisty When as a small girl the nasty Brocklehurst asks her what she should do to avoid going to Hell she replies I must keep in good health and not dieAspects the way Christianity is portrayed may make it accessible to modern readers from secular backgrounds but might have been shocking to devout Victorians Perhaps they were placated by the fact that despite the cruelty Jane forgives Aunt Reed for trying to improve her errant niece even though it was in her nature to wound me cruellyMale Power Feminism and Relevance TodayMen had most of the power and respect in Bronte's time and often Jane has to go along with that However Bronte does subvert that to some extent by making Jane so assertive determined and independent The story of Jane Eyre has parallels with the story of Bluebeard albeit with a very different ending in which the woman takes charge of her own destiny Bluebeard was well known in Victorian fables as a rich and swarthy man who locked discarded wives in an attic though he killed them first He took a new young wife and when she discovered her predecessors he was about to kill her but she was rescued by her brothers rather as Mason wants to rescue Bertha Jane even likens an attic corridor to one in some Bluebeard's castle so Bronte clearly knew the story and assumed he readers did too See her minimal contact with men right from the outset Jane instinctively knows how to respond to the man she describes as changeful and abrupt When they first meet in the house and he is uizzing her she consciously mirrors his tone I speaking as seriously as he had done and His changes of mood did not offend me because I saw I had nothing to do with their alteration Like many bullies he enjoys a bit of a fight rather than the nervous prompt and unuestioning obedience his manner normally elicits and Jane isn't afraid to answer him back and speak her mind It isn't long before she can say I knew the pleasure of vexing him and soothing him by turns When Blanche arrives Jane realises he had not given her his love and that she could not charm him as she could At this point she realises her self delusions in overlooking his faults and merely considering them as keen condimentsWhat should modern women make of this book? Bronte is radical in that neither Jane nor Rochester is conventionally attractive it is personality that matters and Jane is fiercely independent and assertive even when she gives the impression of being submissive She even says Women are supposed to feel very calm generally but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do; they suffer from too rigid a restraint precisely as men would suffer On the other hand Rochester's treatment of Jane Bertha Blanche and Céline is hard to justify other than the fact he keeps Bertha alive why not kill her? Does disappointment and disability truly changed him and does that coupled with her independent wealth make them euals? Will they live happily ever after?RochesterWhat were Rochester's plans and motives for his relationship with Jane? Why does he insist that Jane appears in the drawing room every evening while Blanche and friends are staying even though he fully understands and comments on how depressed it makes Jane? And would Rochester have married Blanche if Mason hadn't turned up making a big society wedding impossible? If so was Jane always in his mind as a mistress and backup in case marriage to Blanche was not possible or did he only decide to marry her much later? What sort of basis for a happy marriage is that and can the eualising effect of his later disability and her inheritance really conuer it? It's true that Rochester tells Jane I feigned courtship of Miss Ingram because I wished to render you as madly in love with me as I was with you but that is after Mason's visit so is it true?Rochester's treatment of Bertha is even problematic divorce wasn't viable and yet he didn't want to leave her behind in the Caribbean very odd In a funny sort of way he might have felt he was doing the right thing by her or at least not the wrong thing In a society which condemns divorce and cohabitation is Rochester's planned bigamy justifiable? As Rochester hints to Jane early on Unheard of combinations of circumstances demand unheard of rules He also knows that Jane's integrity means she must be unaware of the details if he is to be with her he says that if he asked her to do something bad she would say no sir I cannot do it because it is wrong though in fact there is a bigger tussle between her head and heart than he might have expected Later he ponders the fact that she is alone in the world as being some sort of justification It will atone and extends to the blasphemous and deluded I know my Maker sanctions what I do For the world's judgement I wash my hands thereof St JohnJane's bond with St John is very different and she realise it I daily wished to please him; but to do so I felt daily and that I must disown half my nature His proposal is positively alarming You are formed for labour not for love A missionary's wife you must shall be You shall be mine I claim you not for my pleasure but for my Sovereign's service Under the guise of serving God and man he is irredeemably self servingMagic Realism?The strangest element is the small but hugely significant ethereal message from Rochester that might now be called magical realism It sits oddly with the rest of the book but I can never decide whether this is it a strength or a weaknessWho Knows What?A constant theme is who knows what? Is Aunt Reed ignorant of how awful Lowood is and has she truly convinced herself that her treatment of Jane is appropriate? How much does Mrs Fairfax know and tell about Rochester's wives current and intended? Does Rochester know whether or not Adele is really his daughter and what does Jane believe? Blanche appears to know very little but is she only seeing what she wants to see? Love?Overall there is so much in this book it is well worth rereading but I am not convinced that it is a love story It is the easiest label to apply and although Jane certainly finds love I am not sure that love finds her They're intellectually well matched and the sparring and physical attraction bode well On the other hand my doubts about his motivations when he was juggling Blanche and Jane make me uneasy Incidentally I first read this book at school a naive mid teen enjoys and appreciates it for very different reasons than an adult One day we were at a point when Jane was with the Rivers and possibly being courted by St John We were told to read to page x for homework so I turned to that page to mark it and saw the famous words not that I knew they were Reader I married him and was shocked to assume it referred to St JohnJane's Place in My LifeThere are many reasons I love this book including but not limited to1 The cliché of first reading this at an impressionable age 152 Coming with no preconceptions other than knowing it was a classic so I had a couple of big surprises in the plot3 Being at a boarding school myself at the time though fortunately not much like Lowood4 uestioning my faith and the role of religion then and since5 uestioning the roles and rights of women then and since6 Jane herself That's a major one7 The fact the book is daringly subversive for its time most of the Christians are bad and Jane is fiercely outspoken and independent most of the time 8 I get something new from it each timeLike many I first read this at school I was captivated from the outset Jane was wild and brave and rebellious all things we weren't supposed to be and yet we had to read and write about her I vaguely knew about the wedding scene but everything about her time with the Rivers was new and unexpected For all that I had doubts about Rochester I felt in a naive teenage way I shared a passion for him When I thought Jane would end up with St John I was devastated The actual ending was a happy relief all the so because it had been unexpected I thought I understood the book and got good marks for essays about it apart from the injustice of being deducted marks for a comment a teacher refused to believe I hadn't copied from Brodie's Notes a study guide I'd only ever heard of But like all great works of art it speaks differently on each encounter and the I've read it aided by a bit of maturity along the way and now discussions with GR friends the I've seen in itSo no this not a love story on the pages But there is a love story between the reader and Jane PreuelI finally read Jean Rhys' preuel Wide Sargasso Sea reviewed here FilmI was disappointed with the Jane Eyre film Mia Waskikowska was good as Jane and it looked right but Fassbender as Rochester was awful He didn't brood enough for my liking but what I think is less excusable is that he didn't really change during the course of the story Just as bad Jamie Bell was too nice to be St John In fact the whole episode at the Rivers' was very poorly done Overall it removed all ambiguity making a complex story of truth and lies divided loyalty and mixed emotions boringly straightforward

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Jane EyreOrphaned as a child Jane has felt an outcast her whole young life Her courage is tested once again when she arrives at Thornfield Hall where she has been hi Old books get a bad rapbut do they deserve it? Check out my latest BooktTube Video all about the fabulous and not so fabulous Olde Bois The Written Review Though you have a man's vigorous brain you have a woman's heart and it would not do It would do I affirmed with some disdain perfectly well Oh Jane you wondrously bold and beautiful gal After she was orphaned Jane Eyre was sent to live with her maternal uncle and his wife Mrs Reed When her uncle dies he forces his wife to swear to love nurture and care for Jane as if she was their own child Unsurprisingly Mrs Reed is not pleased in the least with this arrangement and does the absolute bare minimum towards Jane She spoils her three biological children but sees Jane as a wicked conniving and devilish child despite ample evidence against I know that had I been a sanguine brilliant careless exacting handsome romping child—though eually dependent and friendless—Mrs Reed would have endured my presence complacently; her children would have entertained for me of the cordiality of fellow feeling Jane is sent off to boarding school where life is harsher than before threadbare clothes small rations but she prefers it for she has finally found what she's been missing There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow creatures and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort At the end of her time there she sets off to be a governess She takes a job for a Mr Rochester and tutors his young ward Adel Only when she arrives at the house she starts to notice certain things The servants know something is up and won't tell her Mr Rochester is hiding a huge mystery and despite the danger and the difference in social standing Jane Eyre is falling ever faster in loveAn absolutely stunning book This is my third time through and each time I am blown away by Jane's strength of character With every twist life hurled at her Jane merely straightened her shoulders adjusted her pack and trudged on Each time I read this novel I notice something different This time it was how much Charlotte Bronte slipped her own beliefs into the novel Precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow minded in their privileged fellow creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockingsIt is thoughtless to condemn them or laugh at them if they seek to do or learn than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex It made for a truly eye opening reread The ABC Reading Challenge J Audiobook CommentsRead by Nadia May I may be the only one with this but whenever I read a really old novel I find it much easier to listen to opposed to reading a copy I spend less time puzzling out the language and unfamiliar terms and time enjoying the story I highly recommend listening to this book if you've tried reading it and just couldn't get into itYouTube | Blog | Instagram | Twitter | Snapchat mirandareads Happy Reading