Perhaps not as powerful or memorable a work as Emily’s ‘Wuthering Heights’, however, Charlotte’s story of Jane Eyre has a feel good factor more or less throughout the story with us feeling comfortable that our main character is able to take care of herself and overcome all obstacles. This, to my mind, is a classic tale of Beauty and the Beast, where our little Jane meets with ‘her Master’ as she likes to call her former employer and lover, Mr Rochester.
This is very much a tale of hardship, of an orphan that suffers at Lowood Charity School until better days arrive. Bronte paints the dreary atmosphere of the school with a precision and talent that only one that has gone through the same experiences in life can achieve. Our heroine, Jane, upon graduating and becoming a teacher sets off on her life journey, falls in love, is brought before a horrific dilemma, is forced to abandon her new abode to seek her fortunes elsewhere.
Saved from the brink of starvation, Jane inadvertently meets up with her long lost relatives—the Eyres. In the sisters, Maria and Diana, she is lavished with sisterly love, though the brother, a hard-line Christian, brings her before very tough decisions which will surely destroy her spirit and eventually ravish her small frame and lead it ultimately to death.
But, Bronte, ever a true romantic, has her heroine unite once more with her one true love under the most mysterious of circumstances, and the pair becomes entwined never to be separated again.
I enjoyed Charlotte’s work and would love to read more of her novels, and will endeavour to do so soon.