Jane Eyre (Barnes & Noble Classics Series) by Charlotte Bronte: Book CoverPLOT:

Charlotte Brontë’s Jane Eyre is an extraordinary coming-of-age story featuring one of the most independent and strong-willed female protagonists in all of literature. Poor and plain, Jane Eyre begins life as a lonely orphan in the household of her hateful aunt. Despite the oppression sheendures at home, and the later torture of boarding school, Jane manages to emerge with her spirit and integrity unbroken. She becomes a governess at Thornfield Hall, where she finds herself falling in love with her employer—the dark, impassioned Mr. Rochester. But an explosive secret tears apart their relationship, forcing Jane to face poverty and isolation once again.

One of the world’s most beloved novels, Jane Eyre is a startlingly modern blend of passion, romance, mystery, and suspense.


Jane Eyre is infused with the sense of misery and claustrophobic restrictions of society that come through all of the Bronte sisters’ work. In spite of that, however, it is an inspiring and ultimately uplifting story of rebellion against those very things. Her brand of rebellion constitutes mainly in not letting the world around her change the way she feels about herself and chooses to behave.

heroine is not gifted with many astounding talents, nor is she exceedingly beautiful or rich. She is remarkably placed to lead an unremarkable life. She rises above the cruelties and privations of her childhood, however, to find a comfortable placing as a governess in a lovely estate. When she falls in love with her master, however, she is forced to choose between her principles and her happiness.

In the context of the times, Jane Eyre was groundbreaking in its portrayal of a feminist character. While modern assertive women may think nothing of mousy Jane, for the time she was an extremely assertive and controversial character, who was passionate about her right to pursue her destiny on her own terms.

On a personal level, readers of all kinds will be able to identify, if not directly with Jane, then with the cruelty of the world and our powerlessness against the tide of events. The story of Jane Eyre tells, however, that no matter how low your position in life or how strong the current of events that sweeps you along, you are ultimately able to determine the course of your own destiny. This is how, in the end, a book by the one of the notoriously gloomy Brontes manages to deliver quite an uplifting message.

This review is part of “2010 Support Your local Library Reading Challenge” hosted by J. Kaye and “18th & 19th Century Women Writers Reading Challenge 2010″ hosted by Becky. Also with this review Iam wrapping up my “18th & 19th Century Women Writers Reading Challenge 2010”, as I signed up to read 5 book. To read the other reviews for this challenge visit here:http://sumanam.wordpress.com/category/18th-19th-century-women-writers-reading-challenge-2010/