Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre is a novel by Charlotte Brontë, published in 1847. It is a partly autobiographical work, written by a woman who had a difficult life by becoming orphan in her youth, and losing her two sisters very early. However, Charlotte has considered that the study to which she has given herself extricate herself. Jane Eyre is the biography of an orphan who is rejected by her family. For example, her aunt imprisons her for no reason in a room without light, and her cousin hits her (« Habitually obedient to John, I came up to his flesh: he spent some time in thrusting out his tongue Could without damaging the roots: I knew he would soon strike »). Her tent dismissed her so much that she sended her to the boarding school of Lowood. This boarding school allows Jane to receive an education, even if life is very difficult there (the water is frozen for example in winter). Growing up, the heroine became a governess, then a teacher, before marrying an old man that she loves. The interest of this novel comes from the depth of its story, which concerns religion, forgiveness, and justice, like shows that passage:

We all must die one day, and the illness which is removing me is not painful; it is gentle and gradual: my mind is at rest. I leave no one to regret me much: I have only a father; and he is lately married, and will not miss me. By dying young, I shall escape great sufferings. I had not qualities or talents to make my way very well in the world: I should have been continually at fault.’ ‘But where are you going to, Helen? Can you see? Do you know?’ ‘I believe; I have faith: I am going to God.’”

BRONTE Charlotte, Jane Eyre, 1847, London, Smith, Elder & Co.

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