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Book Review - "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Brontë.

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Book Review "Jane Eyre" by Charlotte Bront� "Jane Eyre" is the timeless classic, telling the story of a girl who finds that beauty is found within, rather than on the outside. Written by Charlotte Bront� in a Victorian England time setting. This novel, though set over a century ago, still has issues with relevance to modern day society. Orphaned at a very young age, Jane lives with her cruel and criticising aunt until being sent to an all girls seminary. She stays at the Lowood Institution until the age of eighteen, when she advertises for a post as a governess. She receives one at an estate named Thornfield. This is where she meets Mr. Rochester, the owner of the estate and her true love. When she learns his dark secret, she flees to another part of England. She meets St. John, a man she finds attractive for his looks, but does not like what he holds inside. ...read more.

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In my opinion the wedding being stopped in the manner that it is, is a clich�. The fact that he is already married to an insane woman whom he keeps in the attic of his mansion is quite humorous, though in a very serious way. It all happens very quickly, and Jane leaves Thornfield soon after it all happens. Rochester's wife dies shortly afterwards also. When Jane was young, her aunt isolated her from the rest of the family; this made her hate time she spent there. Jane states: " ...hate to live here..." This quote proves that Jane hated Gateshead and that she was determined to find a better place. Jane found the Lowood Institution for orphans. With the help of her friend Helen Burns, Jane learns to forget hate and live for happiness and love. Helen says:"...Life appears too short to be spent in nursing animosity, or registering wrongs..." ...read more.

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Rochester, as beneath the surface she does not have the same intellect as her. "...She was very showy, but she was not genuine; she had a fine person, many brilliant attainments, but her mind was poor, her heart barren by nature..." Jane knows it is better to have a beautiful mind rather than to have beautiful features and an abundance of money. It is this attitude, which allows her to make the right decisions. Jane does not fall in love and marry St. John for even though he is much more handsome than Rochester and she is attracted to him, he does not have a personality like that of Mr. Rochester. She says of St. John: "...He was young - perhaps from twenty eight to thirty - tall, slender; his face riveted the eye; it was like a Greek face, very pure in outline..." I really enjoyed this book and found it really enjoyable and gripping. Bront� has used imagery to great effect and I believe that this helped the book come alive in my mind. Emma Nicolson 3C1 ...read more.

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