A new edition of one of Penguin's top ten Classics—the novel that has been "teaching true strength of character for generations" (The Guardian)
A new edition of one of Penguin's top ten Classics-the novel that has been "teaching true strength of character for generations"I go back to [Jane Eyre] so often and it was one of the first books that made me think, 'This is me, in some deep way.' (Suzanne Vega)
A novel of intense power and intrigue, Jane Eyre has dazzled generations of readers with its depiction of a woman's quest for freedom. This updated edition features a new introduction discussing the novel's political and magical dimensions.
Having grown up an orphan in the home of her cruel aunt and at a harsh charity school, Jane Eyre becomes an independent and spirited survivor-qualities that serve her well as governess at Thornfield Hall. But when she finds love with her sardonic employer, Rochester, the discovery of his terrible secret forces her to make a choice. Should she stay with him whatever the consequences or follow her convictions, even if it means leaving her beloved?
Student Review by Kimberley Chen, studied at Queen Mary University of London
A little orphan girl, Jane Eyre, is thrust into the ghastly red-room by her malicious aunt; it is a room where a horrifying unearthly visitor flits across its tired opulence. This is one of the many and various trials Jane is constantly confronted with throughout her early childhood years and her early adulthood. Her trials range from those who attempt to pulverise her spirit to the difficult decisions she is forced to make.
Her language is infused with a fierce and courageous energy, as she strives to keep her identity intact, and to ultimately remain true to herself. Jane fights the forces which seek to isolate herself from everyone around her at her aunt’s house and then at Lowood School. She deeply yearns to break the boundaries imposed upon her life. She is a caged bird, a vivid, restless, resolute captive waiting eagerly to lurch out of the rigid frame she is imprisoned in. Jane’s life is radically changed forever when she finds employment at Thornfield Hall; a grand, yet austere building, with its chill and vault-like air and its peculiar effigies. A sense of mystery is also swathed around the master of Thornfield Hall, his abrupt melancholic moods are a complete enigma to Jane. Jane becomes increasingly bewildered by the series of strange and dangerous circumstances which take place. What is the terrible dark secret of Thornfield Hall? What could possibly be so awful that her master would deem it absolutely necessary to shutter the truth from her knowledge? The climax of these threatening events force Jane to make a painful decision: which is more important to her: her happiness or her principles? As the novel progresses, Jane is faced with yet another crucial decision, but is she willing to sacrifice an important and vital part of herself for the rest of her life?
This powerful and compelling book is filled to brim with rich imagery, vivid dreams and raw heartfelt emotion. Charlotte Brontë forcefully critiques the social hierarchy and the prejudices against women in Victorian England, and proves that everyone, including the poor and the obscure, women as well as men, have the ability to feel and a right to express their minds.
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