Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte  
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 02:44 PM
The tragic love of Jane and Mr. Rochester tells the story of pain, suffering, and love that always conquers all obstacles. I first read Jane Eyre in middle school. I had a young and beautiful English teacher - her name escapes me - and she encouraged my studies of the classics. Through her I read many novels that I had only known through conversation. The greatest gift she gave to me was her copy of Jane Eyre that she had read in high school. It was a battered book and the binding was frail. Pages would fall from place and I would be forced to return them to their respected spots in order to keep the book in unity. The novel was her favorite and she spoke to me about the impossibilities of love and class. Seemingly I was less interested in the story but was more interested in impressing the beautiful blonde with glowing grey eye who had bestowed upon me that book.

I cannot tell you much about the story that you haven't already heard if you are familiar with the plot. I can't tell you much more about the elegance of the verse that graced the gifted Charlotte Bronte, and I cannot begin to tell you how real the love between Jane and Mr. Rochester. What I can tell you is how the book inspired me to begin writing again. I can tell you how the book changed the way that I viewed women around me. I can tell you how love is harder to comprehend than any other emotion.

The plot of the novel is simple through the first half of the novel. Jane Eyre is an orphan child who is sent to live with her Aunt and Cousin following the death of her parents. At home she is not wanted and is sent to a school. Her time at the school shows in depth the horrors of education in the the 19th century. Helen - Jane's school mate and best friend - becomes ill and dies of TB. The death scene of Helen Burns is one of the more tragic elements of the story. The character of Helen Burns is loosely based off of Charlotte's sister Maria who had died in her youth at a school by cause of TB.

The next segment of the novel shows her escape from the school when she is hired by Mr.Rochester to serve as his governess. A governess at the time was a woman - usually younger and fresh from school - who served to educate and care for children. During her time as governess she and Rochester become close. Rochester is attracted to her independence and he declares his love for her which leads to her acceptance of marriage. However, the plot thickens when it is discovered that Rochester is legally married to another woman, Bertha. This sets in motion Jane's heartache and leave of Thornfield Hall.

In the latter segments of the novel she comes to be a school teacher and is taken in by her cousins that she knew not that existed. Her uncle left her a fortune and she becomes an independent and wealthy woman. Her cousin proposes marriage but she declines, still in love with Rochester. Desiring him once more and hearing his voice at night she returns to Thornfield Hall to find it burned and Rochester blinded and missing a hand. He tells her of his love still for her and Jane tells him of her love. They are married and have a child.

The basic plot of the story shows love overcoming misery. Jane's life was a life of misery until she met Mr.Rochester. Their love strengthens overtime and without each other they are lost in a cruel and disturbing world. As a child I had always held a passion for writing. Jane Eyre inspired me back to pen stories at night. Although nothing I wrote seemed to compare in the beauty of the novel, I found myself consistently viewing the world around me as a means to developing stories. Women changed overnight for me. Before reading the novel I looked at women as beautiful objects rather than beings and I think that the novel opened me up as a person and allowed my soul to grow over the years that followed after reading the novel. Through the story I am reminded that love is more complex than any other emotion that exists. It doesn't make sense most of the time and it can calm a worried heart and sooth a wandering mind. Charlotte Bronte had an intimate view of love which many other authors since have failed to realize. The closest any other novelist has gotten perhaps would be her sister, Emily, who viewed love as a treacherous and violent emotion. Although the characters of Jane Eyre seldom seem to emerge as strongly as the titled character there is a deeply real and emotional side of everyone present in the novel. The work is truly a masterpiece that should be enjoyed by all readers sometime in their life. I recommend reading this novel during a down period in your life. Its inspiration may lead to a change and growth in your being.

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The Objective 
Sunday, August 3, 2014, 12:46 PM
I think that whenever someone devotes a blog to a single topic a clear and refined objective should be in order. My blog will serve to discuss literature, authors, and deliver my opinions on greatness and education today within the topic of literature.

To work with this topic I've compiled a list of novels that I think best represent the creativity in humanity. Most of the books I have selected are well reviewed classics. I will attempt to give an honest and open opinion of the works. I'll try to have a weekly review with a book off of my list. I'd like at least monthly to have a comparison piece relating a book to a film adaptation.

If you are interested in literature please feel free to send me thought either by comment or by email. I'd be happy to review any contemporary novel you feel deserves a place on this blog. However, shall I not enjoy the book a spot will not be reserved for it.

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