“I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself” –Jane Eyre
Another Brontë book read, and with that my ever yearning desire to be the fourth Brontë sister. After reading Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights I knew I would love the other sister’s writings as well and Jane Eyre did not disappoint. I found it at times, staggeringly similar to Emily’s writing and at other times very different. I am so excited to share my thoughts on this brilliant novel and hear any and all comments you have as well about any of the Brontës.
Firstly, this novel took me quite a long time (personally speaking) to read. I finished it in just under three weeks and have had only one other book take me that long in the past. I found this point quite interesting to note. The book was brilliantly written and I didn’t ever feel certain parts should have been cut due to information overload. Charlotte has a way of writing that makes you feel like you are sitting by the fire, listening to an old friend tell a story. It is captivating. The novel is told through the point of view of Jane Eyre from her childhood to years later, reminiscing on the life she came to have and all the events that got her to where she is at the present. The reader is able to get into Jane’s mind and grasp her exact thoughts and decisions. It was not only an interesting account of the character in both emotional and physicals means but psychological as well. Another point of the story, without giving to much away that I really came to enjoy was Jane’s ability to learn self care and respect as well as her rocky love adventure with Edward Rochester. It was by far my favorite of all the love stories I have read for its peculiarity and, at times raw moments that were indispensably human.
As I mentioned earlier, the similarities and differences in the two Brontë sisters works that I have read, were for me, fascinating. In Emily’s Wuthering Heights the Romanticism of nature along with Heathcliff and Cathy was unlike anything I have read. It drew me in. The way that nature actually became a character was beyond brilliant for me as a reader. Similarly in Jane Eyre I felt at times there was that similar reference to nature and the character-like aspects it had. While it was the wind and snow for Emily, the rain and sky full of stars that Charlotte talked about brought me back to my enjoyment of Wuthering Heights. There were some differences however that I found even more fascinating then the aspects that were similar. I felt Charlotte was much more personable in her writing than Emily. While both stories drew you in, Charlotte’s was much more subtle and deliberate. I noticed as well a major difference that I brushed upon earlier; the time it took me to read both novels. Wuthering Heights took me only three days to read (although it is around 50 or so pages less than the other) while Jane Eyre as I said took me just under three weeks. Emily’s writing for me was much more fast paced. I could sit down and read a few chapters from Jane Eyre and be satisfied for that time while I would devour the other for hours. Not to say I enjoyed one over the other, just differences I felt mattered for my overall reading expierence.
I enjoyed my latest read from start to finish and must admit I was sad when it came to an end. I am looking forward to reading my next Brontë book and would love any and all recommendations from you all on which to read next!
5 Star Rating: