The book I am reading this month is ...
|Back cover blurb:|
'...one of the great romantic heroines of world literature.'
Jane Eyre was written in 1847 in the period that encompasses the literary movement of Romanticism, 1800-1860. This quote (wiki) neatly sums up the book.
''In literature, Romanticism found recurrent themes in the evocation
or criticism of the past, the cult of 'sensibility' with its emphasis
on women and children, the heroic isolation of the artist or narrator,
and respect for a new, wilder, untrammelled and 'pure' nature.''
Jane Eyre is the protagonist and narrator of the story, which is written in the first person. We are taken on a highly emotional journey from childhood to adulthood, where Jane is confronted with many of the themes of Romanticism exploring: isolation, social criticism, sense of morality, sexuality, feminism, love and religion.
Despite her youth and troubled background there is a strong woman with a sense of individuality and determination. Jane knows her own mind and rises to the challenges put her way to eventually find love.
This is a reread (number ?). I love this book. What of the other Romanticists? There are many that I would read including: Charlotte's sister Emily Bronte who wrote Wuthering Heights - published the same year, and Jane Austin.
I'll leave you with this picture featuring my favourite Jane and Edward from the 2006 BBC dramatisation.
|Toby Stephens and Ruth Wilson|