Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

RATING: StarStarStar

Genre: Classics | Literature > Romance

Challenge: Goodreads – The Filipino Group 100 Favorite Books (April read)

Orphaned into the household of her Aunt Reed at Gateshead, subject to the cruel regime at Lowood charity school, Jane Eyre nonetheless emerges unbroken in spirit and integrity. She takes up the post of governess at Thornfield, falls in love with Mr. Rochester, and discovers the impediment to their lawful marriage in a story that transcends melodrama to portray a woman’s passionate search for a wider and richer life than Victorian society traditionally allowed. With a heroine full of yearning, the dangerous secrets she encounters, and the choices she finally makes, Charlotte Bronte’s innovative and enduring romantic novel continues to engage and provoke readers.


I am not a classics reader, but I like Jane Eyre just fine. Brontë’s writing is okay, but there lots of times where she was too descriptive. too long, even. Oh well, at least now i get to bash Mr. Rochester. LOL

Jane is admirable when she was eleven years old. She’s got spunk, to say it so bluntly. i like that she says what she wants to say. When she was already a governess, she’s mindful already of her words and actions. Was it because of her education? Maybe. While i abhor her stoicism during the church scandal, i liked Jane in the end. Strong, stubborn, with principle.

I believe Mr. Rochester has no redeeming qualities. Rude, arrogant, manipulative. Oh, and he’s a liar as well. You’d think for an ugly gentleman, Brontë will make him likeable by writing him with a good and commendable personality. I guess she’s going for unconventional? While i do not like Mr. Rochester (at all), i did not delight in the plight he was in when Jane Eyre sought him at the end of the book.

The story was simple. The ending, too neat.

Jane Eyre tried (and succeeded) in defying the conventions of her time. For that, I applaud her.



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