My roommate and I just finished watching the most recent rendition of this beloved book and I have to put in my two cents about it. Though I admit that I did not read the book. I found it to be a very interesting tale and heartbreaking, amazing that a woman would actually still have love in her soul after such mistreatment as a child. What a horrible woman to hate a child like that to send her to a place to be beaten. I strongly disliked her aunt.
And I admit that I was never overcome with positive feelings towards Edward Rochester, even though he kept his insane wife locked up to protect her and took in a child that wasn't his. I never really wanted Jane to end up with him. Yes, he did love her and she greatly loved him, but it never seemed to fit to me. Even after his wife had died. I still held a bitterness towards him for greatly hurting Jane like that, even if it wasn't intentional. I do have to say that the ending of the most recent moive was like falling off a cliff. It just ends. My roommate told me that the others have more of a conclusion that shows her happiness. The way he treats her in the beginning would have pushed me away from him. He is arrogant and accuses her of being a witch.
There are a lot of good things about the story and the pain of Jane's life, her finally getting happiness. I just dislike how women were treated. They are shown little respect and treated as possessions most of the time. I understand wanting to live in Jane Austin's time for a man like Mr. Darcy, but I could not keep my mouth silent like those women. I'm not a feminist, but I like my freedom as a young woman to speak my mind and attend school, not be forced to marry for financial gain.
I learned in my book about New Zealand that they were the first country to give women the right to vote in 1893, twenty years before women in the United States. That's very interesting to me.
I will say that Jane Eyre is a good story, but not one of my favorites. I don't mean to offend anyone that might like that book. I just wanted to say a little something. :)