Have always been a fan of the classics and Jane Eyre does become the list until the time I read it again recently. Charlotte Bronte with her super imaginative and writing skills does make this young lady a super heroine. One of the most important aspects of this book is that Jane is aware of her looks and somehow the way she has been brought up, these do not remain important for her. Somehow she does seem to have an imperious overview about those who are really good looking. Description about her looks and that of the Edward Rochester, her employer and later her lover do not make you fall in love with the characters.
Jane Eyre however, is a girl untouched by the world, therefore, since she is not much of a society woman, it is possible that she falls for Edward who is both moneyed and attractive enough for her. Coincidences in this book are remarkable, that is what makes this unreal. Therefore, most readers do not relate themselves to the heroine, rather they do detach themselves and some quit reading altogether. Charlotte Bronte was known to write realistic characters, however, Jane and Edward are far from it. Discourses between them are long and often boring. These are not philosophical, these become hypothetical most of the times, since Edward is testing Jane till he comes to the conclusion of marrying her. Also Jane is known to have a sharp tongue, therefore, her answers are quite unique and original.
Till the time Edward tells Jane the truth about his wife, it seems that he is using fact that Jane is ignorant about the ways of the world and is about to cheat her. His wife is both mad and violent. Mostly, she is dangerous to herself as well as to the inmates of the house. Charlotte Bronte does take you to the colonial world where grand parties and games were a theme. However, Edward Rochester keeps changing his ways throughout the book. Her journey when she leaves the home of Rochester to leave him since the marriage does not come through, does make the reader pity her. However, events with the cousins and ultimate reality that she in fact has inherited substantial amount of money becomes a far fetched idea. In short, it is too good to be true.
However, the reader does come to terms with these events since till now they badly want something good to happen to Jane and Edward. The end is both loving and endearing. This is where Jane unites with Edward, he as been in an accident and the noble man that he is tries to save his wife from fire she started. He has now lost his eyesight and a hand from the fire. He has also shifted his residence since the accident. “Jane, Jane, Jane” is what he tends to shout when he is reminded of her. This is spooky yet not impossible especially when two souls are deeply in love with each other. However, the parts with her brother and the sisters do tend to get quite tedious to read, so does the exchange between Jane and Edward.
The book has been acknowledged as one of the superb classics throughout the history, however, it seems to be less for the content and more for the fact that young girls seem to fall in love with Rochester and also want something fantastic for Jane who has been tortured by her aunt and her siblings since her childhood. She has both weathered and fought against all the odds that life has presented to her. This she did without bowing down or without being apologetic. Jane is shown to be a strong woman with mind of her own. She is shown to be smart and independent in times where women were not so much until they had their own money.
Getting her own money does not turn her head, instead she shares it with her cousins and helps them get out of their employment to become independent. St. John Rivers is a missionary wanting to work in India, however, she refuses to accompany him when he asks her to. Since, in her heart she also knows that she is still in love with Rochester and will never be happy with St. John Rivers.
With the substantial money her sisters get, they retire from their employment to set up homes of their own. There is surprisingly no greed on anyone’s part. This book is a classic only if you view it as a love story, otherwise it does not provide you a rich look into the character of every person involved. Most those who are near to Jane are too good and moneyed as well as the rich have been somehow given the shorter end of the stick. Jane Eyre is a classic rebellious love story, it is almost feminist.