Jane Eyre – By Charlotte Bronte

Review of Jane Eyre

About the Author- Charlote Bronte Biography

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Charlotte Bronte was born in 1816, the third daughter of Rev. Patrick Bronte and his wife Maria.  Her brother Patrick Branwell was born in 1817, and her sisters Emily and Anne in 1818 and 1820.  In 1820, too, the Bronte family moved to Haworth, Mrs. Bronte dying the following year.

In 1824 the four eldest Brontë daughters were enrolled as pupils at the Clergy Daughter’s School at Cowan Bridge. The following year Maria and Elizabeth, the two eldest daughters, became ill, left the school and died: Charlotte and Emily, understandably, were brought home…..read more here.

Jane Eyre, one of the most famous English novels

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This is one of the most popular of English novels to date.  A refreshing and heart-rending book which narrates the life of a 10 year-old girl, Jane Eyre in a vivid and powerful way.  Jane Eyre is a young orphan who lives with her aunt, Mrs Reed.  Jane is treated like an outcast by her aunt and her son, John Reed.  She is not allowed to speak and to play with Mrs. Reed’s children because of her inferiority status.  John, who is four years older than her is always torturing Jane and always reminds her of her inferiority status.


He bullied and punished me; not two or three times in a  week, nor once or twice in a day, but continually: every nerve I had feared him, and every morsel of flesh on my bones shrank when he came near,” Jane recounts her childhood experience and the punishment she got from John Reed.

On the other hand, Mrs Reed occasionally punishes her by locking her up in the “Red Room”, where her Uncle Mr Reed died.  Jane believes there is a ghost of her uncle in the room, hence is always terrified and screams in fear. (Watch a summary overview of Jane’s childhood).

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Six of the 10 Jane Eyre’s Best Quotes

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  • A memory without blot or contamination must be an exquisite treasure — an inexhaustible source of pure refreshment: is it not? (Chapter 14)
  • If people were always kind and obedient to those who are cruel and unjust; the wicked people would have it all their own way: they would never feel afraid, and so they would never alter, but would grow worse and worse. When we are struck at without a reason, we should strike back again very hard; I am sure we should — so hard as to teach the person who struck us never to do it again (Chapter 6)
  • If all the world hated you, and believed you wicked, while your own conscience approved you, and absolved you from guilt, you would not be without friends. ( chapter 8)
  • Conventionality is not morality. Self-righteousness is not religion. To attack the first is not to assail the last. To pluck the mask from the face of the Pharisee, is not to lift an impious hand to the Crown of Thorns.– (preface)
  • Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.– (Chapter 29)
  • Women are supposed to be 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, too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer; and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making puddings and knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.– ( chapter 12)


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“Jane Eyre may lack fortune and good looks — “she is famously “small and plain” as well as “poor and obscure” — but as the heroine of a novel, she has everything. From the very first pages of Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 book, Jane embodies virtues that might be off-putting if they were not so persuasive, and if her story were not such a marvelous welter of grim suffering and smoldering passion. She is brave, humble, spirited and honest, the kind of person readers fall in love with and believe themselves to be in their innermost hearts, where literary sympathy lies. Reviews  


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