JANE EYRE By: Charlotte Bronte
Gina, Erica, Katie, Danielle


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Summary:
The book Jane Eyre, written by Charlotte Bronte, is a story about a girl who goes experiences many rough obstacle throughout her entire life. Jane's parents both died from an illness leaving her in the hands of her wicked aunt, Ms. Reed. She is then sent off to an all-girls school called Lowood. After 8 years had gone by, Jane left Lowood and ventured off to become a governess at Thornfield Hall. There she meets a man named Mr. Rochester whom she becomes very fond of. Her experiences that she gained while living in Thornfield help to shape Jane to become the strong, independent women that she is. After running away and leaving Thronfield after another traumatic incident, she reunites with her long lost family. After returning due to the love she had for Mr. Rochester, she was able to begin a whole different adventure.

Persuasive Writing:

Like most nineteenth-century novels, Jane Eyre may be a little difficult to get into at first. However, the book gradually picks up the pace and is narrated in a story form, rather than an exhaustive scene. When the reader gets to know the characters better, he or she cares more about the plight of the main character, Jane. There are many problems that Jane faces in her life that will enhance the reader’s curiosity about what will happen later. This novel contains realistic struggles and obstacles that people face daily; such as poverty and feminism. The book has a universal theme about everyone needing love and belonging.

Critical Approach:
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte can be seen as a feminist novel. Jane is a woman in the 1800's who lacks the social advantages of money, family, and beauty, therefore she is constantly fascinated by the thought of admiration and security. Jane endures so much suffering through out the novel. She suffers through the cruel treatment of Lowood because her aunt wants to punish her, she suffers heartbreak for her attempt to marry Rochester, and suffers a sort of separation from St. John when she chooses not to marry him because she feels as if you should marry for love and not convenience. Back then men only married women for convenience, money, social class, and beauty. In the text, Bronte states " Women are supposed to be very calm generally: but women feel just as men feel; they need exercise for their faculties, and a field for their efforts as much as their brothers do:... and it is narrow-minded in their more privileged fellow-creatures to say that they ought to confine themselves to making pudding or knitting stockings, to playing on the piano and embroidering bags. It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at the,, if they seek to do more or learn more than custom has pronounced necessary for their sex". Women during this time period were beginning to speak up for themselves and their rights. Bronte is trying to focus on the fact that many do not believe women can live up to the standards men have set in society; that women are just a convenience.