Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
To many of us who had the opportunity to read this historical book was when we used to take it as the literature book at some point in time during our secondary years. The book has been authored almost a century ago but it hasn’t lost any touch to captivate you with its spellbound content it has. Mind you the book is old and book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. To refresh the memory of how this book was all about this famous and influential novel by English writer Charlotte Bronte
. It was published in London, England, in 1847 by Smith, Elder & Co. with the title Jane Eyre. An Autobiography under the pen name "Currer Bell," the "autobiography's" supposed editor. The first American edition was released the following year by Harper & Brothers of New York The novel merges elements of three distinct genres. It has the form of a Bildungsroman, a story about a child's maturation, focusing on the emotions and experiences that accompany growth to adulthood. The novel also contains much social criticism, with a strong sense of morality at its core, and finally has the brooding and moody quality and a Byronic character typical of Gothic fiction. The novel begins with a ten-year-old orphan named Jane Eyre who is living with her uncle's family, the Reeds, as her uncle's dying wish. Both of Jane's parents died of typhus. Jane’s Aunt Sarah Reed doesn’t like her and treats her like a servant. She and her three children are abusive to Jane, physically and emotionally. One day Jane gets locked in the room in which her uncle died, and panics after seeing visions of him. She is finally rescued when she is allowed to attend Lowood School for Girls.Jane Eyre
arrives at Lowood Institution, a charity school, with the accusation that she is deceitful. During an inspection, Jane accidentally breaks her slate, and Mr. Brocklehurst, the self-righteous clergyman who runs the school, brands her as a liar and shames her before the entire assembly. Jane is comforted by her friend, Helen Burns. Miss Temple, a caring teacher, facilitates Jane's self-defense and writes to Mr. Lloyd whose reply agrees with Jane's. Ultimately, Jane is publicly cleared of Mr. Brocklehurst's accusations.The eighty pupils at Lowood are subjected to cold rooms, poor meals, and thin clothing. Many students fall ill when a typhus epidemic strikes. Jane's friend Helen dies of consumption in her arms. When Mr. Brocklehurst's neglect and dishonesty are discovered, several benefactors erect a new building and conditions at the school improve dramatically.
After eight years of school Jane decides to leave, like her friend and confidante Miss Temple. She advertises her services as a governess, and receives one reply. It is from Alice Fairfax, who is a keeper of Thornfield Hall. She takes the position, caring for Adele Varens, a young French girl. While walking on a spring day Jane comes across a horseman, the horse slips on ice and throws the rider. He calls Jane a witch, claiming she bewitched the horse. She then realizes that this man is Edward Rochester, master of the house. Adele is his ward, who could be his daughter. Her mother abandoned her to Mr. Rochester's care. Mr. Rochester and Jane enjoy each other's company and spend many hours together, but odd things happen at the house, such as a strange laugh, a mysterious fire and his house guest Mr. Mason is attacked. Jane hears that her aunt was calling for her, after being in much grief from her son committing suicide. She returns to Gateshead and remains there for a month caring for her dying aunt. Mrs. Reed gives Jane a letter from Jane's uncle, John, asking for her to live with him. Mrs. Reed admits to telling her uncle that Jane had died of fever. Soon after, her aunt dies, and Jane returns to Thornfield.
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