I began to read this book a little while ago, and then I abandoned it. I don't know why I didn't finish it! Probably because I picked up another book and thought I would come back to Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre. Not that it wasn't interesting; I quite enjoyed it but but the length scared me away. I have too many things I want to accomplish these days! Well, I decided to watch the most recent movie version on Netflix to see if I liked the plot, and I couldn't peel my eyes away! Granted, I did not like the certain version that I watched that much. The actress bugged me because I felt she was void of emotion. Now I am going to give the two part masterpiece theater version a chance, and see how I like it. The picture of the BBC version, which I will watch soon is pictured above. The version I watched, below, is actually a nice movie poster pic that I found on the web of Jane and Mr. Rochester.
What drew me to Jane Eyre was her incredible strength in adversity. She had a horrible child hood, and even as an adult she was looked down upon and constantly people were horrid to her. She was plain, but very intelligent and wise. Mr. Rochester didn't fall in love with her beauty, with with her intellect and kindness. She fell in love with a brooding man who held a deep secret. Even though he reveals it at the end of the book and she goes away from him to think, ultimately she forgives him and realizes that she loves him, flaws and all. I liked that the characters had flaws. So often now our films portray men as perfect prince charmings, or jerks in disguise that are really good guys. But are they?
It is important to be in a healthy relationship, but no one is perfect. A boyfriend, husband, or friend will disappoint you. They are only human like you. Both of these characters are believable, are formed exceptionally well, and they drew me into their plight. Their plight for love, desperation, pain, and above all, their plight for hope. I will definitely read Jane Eyre now, and this time I won't put it down!!
I found this graphic painting from an artist online, and thought it was the perfect depiction of Jane and her haunting, yet hopeful life.
After browsing the internet I also found out that there will be yet again another adaptation, this time with Ellen Page to star as Jane. I can't wait to see this version! Here is the blog if you want to read more: Bronte Blog. Also, here is the book I own. I just love the cover and they have the same illustrations inside the book too - it's alluring!