What Are You Reading? – September 2015

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Welcome back to the What Are You Reading? Series! If you have no idea what’s going on feel free to take a look at the introductory post. If you just want to catch up, here is last month’s post! Don’t forget at the end of the post to let me know your own thoughts and interpretations of the book. [Please note that if you haven’t commented before I recommend reading the Commenting Guidelines.] 

And today’s book is……. *Drum roll*

Jane Eyre

Author: Charlotte Bronte

Genre: Fictional Biography

Originally Published: October 16, 1847

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Summary:

This story tells of the life of Jane Eyre through her own eyes. We follow her through a childhood of abuse and emotional neglect, as well as trying to find her own sense of contentment. In the search she finds an unexpected love in her master Mr. Rochester, but he holds a secret that could destroy them both. When the truth comes out Jane can’t think of anything else but to run, and it becomes a blessing in disguise as her rescuers are the family she has always wanted. In her absence, disaster falls upon her former lover and master and once they are reunited he is fully dependent upon her. Their love rekindled and finally in a good place they live pretty happily ever after.

My First Thoughts:

I fell in love with this story instantly. So much sass.

My Final Analysis:

For me, this story left me satisfied. All endings were tied up and the conclusion answered any questions I had about what happened to the characters, well except for Mrs. Fairfax who was sent to see a friend and was never mentioned again.

As for the titular character herself, I feel like there was more that we could have seen in her development that we didn’t get to. It ended up like a switch was flipped and she was automatically content with being around Rochester.

There was a lot of their relationship that, to today’s literature standards, leave a little bit to be desired as well. But then you have to think about it. This is the exact type of relationship development that we would see in other stories during this time period. Romance at that time was more whimsical than intense. Social roles and relations had to be considered in every aspect of a relationship, which is why at first we understand that the original wedding of Jane and Rochester, or just their courtship, was seen as scandalous. It was considered borderline on social suicide if a noble man was to marry his servant, and apocalyptic if a noble woman decided to do the same. The example of Jane’s parents shows us that. This is even before considering the fact that Rochester was still married when he tried to court Jane.

On the subject of Rochester’s previous marriage, it’s pretty messed up to me. We hear Rochester’s side of the story, but never his wife’s. Though she is bat-**** crazy, we never really know if what he says is the truth. With my own personal experience, I don’t think I can really believe his story of how he was “swindled” into marrying her without knowing that she was actually insane. The truth is, NO ONE KNOWS THAT AT FIRST MEETING. But what kind of impact did the fact of him having a wife that was crazy have on him? For the most part he avoided it, but didn’t annul the marriage or anything of the like. Also, he kept her in a tower to be cared for and watched after, not sent to an asylum, which existed in the 1800s. At anytime he could have sent her to an asylum and had his marriage annulled, but he didn’t. Why not? He must have felt something for her other than shame or guilt, right?

But this is question I leave up to you. Please let me know in the comments!

Want to find more books to read? Don’t forget to take a look at My Ultimate Reading List page to see what I’ve already covered and have yet to do!

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