Review | Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

#QOTD – Have you ever been insecure of how you look?

I have, big time! Back when I was a teenager, I had a huge acne problem! And I was overweight (I still am though!) My teenage years went struggling with this appearance issue I had! I was living with a huge inferiority complex in my mind! I was tormented with my pimpled skin and my extra kilos! Basically, I was plain looking (I believed) just like Jane Eyre. Throughout the novel, Charlotte Brontë skillfully contrasts the idea of inner beauty and the idea of outer beauty.

Brontë heavily focuses on the fact that Jane is plain looking and Rochester is ugly (according to Jane). Both protagonists are no beauties. Despite this, Jane Eyre is still viewed as one of the best romance novels of all time. Thus its influence on our expectations of what romance should look like is notable, because we are forced to put all of our attention into conversations instead of imagining their faces. Bronte unapologetically defies not only class expectations but also romantic expectations, and fearlessly refused to conform to any standards of how her heroine should be portrayed.

Basically, Jane Eyre is a tragic hero, and in an era when women were expected to be brainless and ornamental, Jane (through the words of Brontë) refused to bow to those expectations. Now isn’t that reason enough to love this plot!

When it comes to the review of Jane Eyre, I really don’t have much else to add that hasn’t already been said about this book, considering its been around for 150+ years. But I will admit how impressed I am with how modern this story feels.

Jane Eyre, our orphan protagonist is principled yet feisty, and is brought up with little love and affection from her aunt and her cousins. Throughout the novel she is seeking for peace. In her journey from being a student to a teacher, she becomes the governess of a little girl. Here, she meets the aloof, intelligent, rugged and broody Mr. Rochester, a character that has inspired many male protagonists in the Indian television. From here starts the love story of Jane Eyre and Edward Rochester.

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