My Favorite Books #6: Jane Eyre

Get ready for the next installment of “My Favorite Books”.

6. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte 

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What It’s About: Told in the first person, Jane Eyre, a governess for the daughter of a wealthy bachelor, recounts her horrible childhood, her time at Lowood Hall and her relationship with the mysterious Mr. Rochester.

Why I Love It: Jane Eyre is a classic British book–there’s the orphaned childhood, strict boarding school and Gothic mystery. It at times, feels like something Charles Dickens would write. But what truly draws me to the novel is Jane herself. I can’t help but admire her perseverance. Jan teaches us that good girls don’t finish last, that they can have a career and find the love of the life. The only thing that truly bothers me is the treatment of Mr. Rochester’s first wife, but that’s for a completely different post!

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4 thoughts on “My Favorite Books #6: Jane Eyre

  1. Adele is actually Mr. Rochester’s ward…not his daughter. But I love the book. It will forever have a place on my bookshelf! 🙂

      • In the text he said that Adele perhaps could be his daughter, but he doesn’t see any proof it it. He then says that he is not her father.
        Later, Jane looks for traits in Adele that resemble Mr. Rochester and finds none. But…who knows. She very well could have been his daughter. If she had, I feel that he would have thought better of her and treated her better throughout the story.

  2. You should read “Wide Sargasso Sea” by Jean Rhys. It’s a prequel to Jane Eyre & details Bertha’s descent into madness.

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