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"At the end we are steeped through and through with the genius, the vehemence, the indignation of Charlotte Bronte."--Virginia Woolf --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cambridge Literature is a series of literary texts edited for study by students aged 14-18 in English-speaking classrooms. It will include novels, poetry, short stories, essays, travel-writing and other non-fiction. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"The Rev. Mr Brocklehurst speaks to Jane: `Do you know where the wicked go after death?' `They go to hell,' was my ready and orthodox answer. `And what is hell? Can you tell me that?' `A pit full of fire.' `And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?' `No, sir.' `What must you do to avoid it?' I deliberated for a moment; my answer, when it did come, was objectionable: ` I must keep in good health, and not die.'"
No good outlining the plot - everybody knows about the mad wife in the attic - but it's the second half which has the surprises: Jane offering to go with the missionary to India, not as his wife but as his assistant, extraordinary for that day and age.
This is a really really good read for all ages; I get something new out of it every time. And a happy ending - what more can one ask?
I recently read Erin McCole Cupp's sci-fi retelling of Jane Eyre, The Memoirs of Jane E, Friendless Orphan. (It's available as a series of e-books - Unclaimed, Nameless, and Vanished - which I HIGHLY RECOMMEND.) After reading the modernized adaption, I was eager to re-read the original.
Here's where having a horrible memory pays off: I was able to enjoy details on the third go-round that I'd missed before or long forgotten. Additionally, reading Cupp's adaption brought new insights into the characters, circumstances, and salient points of Bronte's classic.
To me, Jane Eyre has what it takes to keep me re-reading. A strong heroine whose self-deprecation and poverty (not necessarily monetary poverty) make her relatable. A firm moral backbone. A bit of mystery with some surprising twists. And enough of the weird and eccentric to spark curiosity and interest.
This would be a wonderful mother-daughter read. It brings forward opportunities to talk about relationships - what makes one good or bad - as well as dedication, study, and a myriad of other topics that an adolescent faces. As Jane's life is detailed the unwanted child, bullying, powerlessness all rise up; so too does the consequence of standing up for oneself. The difficulties of poverty are shown and the co-existence of good people and poor characters within one school. The true impact that one friend can make, despite a brevity in the friendship, shows the power we each carry. The need to stretch and leave what you know, to spread ones wings, appears and brings the blessings and tragedies of life. Opportunities that are mixed and, finally, a happy-ever-after, without perfection, concludes the story. While Jane's insights are far too advanced for the age of her character throughout much of the book, they provide a young reader a path of exploration and the adult reader easy questions to discuss. ("How do you think Jane came to that realization or conclusion?")