Charlotte Bronte, one of Great Britain’s greatest writers, was born on 21 April 1816.
Her life was not an easy one because of illness and death in her family. After the publication and great success of her novel, Jane Eyre, in 1847, she enjoyed a brief moment of happiness which ended abruptly in 1848 with the deaths of her brother and two sisters.
When we think of great romantic heroines of fiction, Jane Eyre is among the most memorable. She remains in the imagination long after the reader has finished reading the book. She is truly a unique romantic heroine because she is poor and plain—not beautiful or even pretty—but her righteousness, sincerity and moral strength capture Edward Rochester’s heart.
And yet, Jane’s love story meets with impossibly difficult obstacles which seem to put an end to her hopes and dreams, when Edward Rochester’s strange past comes between them…
Jane Eyre is an unforgettable classic of English literature. There have been many films, television and stage play versions of Bronte’s masterpiece, because no other story is quite so touching, so involving and so intense.
LOOK AT THE VIDEO AND THEN ANSWER THESE QUESTIONS:
1) What was Jane Eyre's childhood like?
2) What was Jane Eyre's job at Mr Rochester's house?
Jane as a Feminist heroine
Part Three: Mr Rochester's past