Charlotte Bronte "Jane Eyre".
There are many different aspects of the novel 'Jane Eyre', that can be considered. There are the parallels between the life of Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre; there are the considerations that it was originally thought that 'Jane Eyre' was written by a man and also many debates surrounding the symbolism embedded within the story.
If we consider the social implications and expectations of the age and culture into which both Charlotte Bronte and Jane Eyre were bound, we can perhaps understand the constraints which bound Charlotte Bronte.
The story of 'Jane Eyre' can be enjoyed on many different levels. It can be enjoyed as just a nice period drama; a romantic story or an enlightenment into the plight and constraints that women endured especially if they had been orphaned and were placed with 'family' who were supposed to support them. Jane Eyre is also encompasses the difficulty experienced by females who were intelligent and had a desire for knowledge. There have been many remakes of the movie ‘Jane Eyre’ but in essence they rarely deviated from the content of the novel.
One aspect that does not get much if any emphasis is the way that each situation that Jane finds herself in, becomes a learning experience for the next situation. Her personal progress through the story is used as a teaching tool in order to prepare for the next experience. How much is this true to life? We all experience situations in our lives from day to day, some are very mundane experiences and others are new and very unique experiences. Unlike real life Charlotte Bronte was able to manoeuvre the situations that Jane found herself in order to gain the maximum learning experience. Continually Jane wrestles with the expectations that society forces on her because of her social standing and her gender.
On inspection Charlotte Bronte, guides Jane through the jungle but at the same time builds each setting so as it shows not just a chronological progression but also her own personal progress. Whilst under the guardianship of her Aunt, Jane learns that she has inner strength and can draw on that to both protect and sustain herself throughout the story. In Mr. Rochester, she sees a kindred spirit. Like Jane he has developed an inner strength that means that although he craves companionship, he is in turmoil because of the unresolved issues with his wife.
Jane Eyre is a culmination of Gothic, Romantic and Victorian styles that highlight the main theme of the story, which is not the romantic novel, but the story of Jane's progress to maturation.