It is in vain to say human beings
ought to be satisfied with tranquility:
they must have action; and they will make it
if they cannot find it. Millions are condemned to
a stiller doom than mine, and millions are in
silent revolt against their lot….
Women are supposed to be very calm generally:
but women feel just as men feel;
they need exercise for their faculties,
and a field for their efforts,
as much as their brothers do;
they suffer from too rigid a restraint,
too absolute a stagnation, precisely as men would suffer;
and it is narrow-minded in their more privilege
fellow-creatures to say that they ought
to confine themselves to making puddings….
knitting stockings….playing on the piano….
It is thoughtless to condemn them, or laugh at them
if they seek to do more or learn more than
custom has pronounced necessary for their sex.-Ch. 12
As i begin writing of this review ,my first view and impressions go to Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist and a typical England workhouse attended by poor and miserable orphans,where uproar and laugh of children play in a sad surrounding, that they even were not fully aware of.Such emotions relate me to the saga of Charlotte Bronte and her work,though she grew up in a family environment, nourished by her father and mother ,which after mother’s death followed by help of the aunt/sister of her mother/.Charlotte was a child of Dickens’ milieu,curious and smart,passionate of life and rich in feelings ,which could have only been seen as associated with a twirl of madness,strangeness and passion beyond the apprehension of average minds.By bearing the mark of these previsions,Charlotte followed that lane to know the challenging call of love with a married man and experience the destiny predicted before her birth, which had to gain its expression in her works as well.
Some of that life juice she put into Jane Eyre ,much loved novel by all generations that survived its time and longing to reach timeless.I felt stream of vibrations coming from Jane Eyre and all the features she brought into life ,being so mindful and sensitive,with hidden torrent of strong emotions,being doomed to love in desperate circumstances and opposite to the time of their rising.As a governess with an appointment to Thornfield Manor,she lived her imagined landscape and a fairy tale house with ghosts,dwarfs,wizards and villa’s orb-all of which she dreamed in early childhood, by fantasy of a lovely child arisen in the whirl of mixed passions, where God and Devil battled each other.She was lured by spice of ancient insoluble puzzles traveling during the centuries ,the vortex of which brought her to such a place to meet love of her life:Edward Rochester.As in each true love they fell in love at first meeting,although following life dictates,it realised much later.He found her in deep dedication to most serene feeling-loyalty, which seemed to him so bewitching since he was squalid and crestfallen at own experienced strikes of life corresponding his age.That blind devotion he saw in her was the key for his love.What about her?Brave to go toward the face of destiny,she still wanted a port to embrace her great love with no waves and suspicious clearness;everything had to be pure and crystal clear,her emotions must meet only unconventional love.
Our desires are the ones,yet circumstances to take us and throw around, make a bit different tide of happenings.Having discovered that Rochester’s wife suffered from insanity,Jane had fled him, only to come back ,by finding him in complicated condition after losing of eyesight while helping to rescue the life of own wife, that eventually killed in fire.
So, destiny is finally filled-something from reality,some from enhanched imagination ,with expectations and sudden strikes to go along with everyone’s lives,it came to the end.But, i am sure in one;Charlotte met true love in her real life which abundant feelings of,she transmitted in beautiful narrated story about Jane Eyre.Why am i so sure?Because i know of the taste of love with so strong emotions and passion, and know it never gets lost …never has been in vain,tracks of brilliant filaments follow their path of love all along to the eternity.
Short description/source Wikipedia
Jane Eyre is a first-person narrative of the title character, a small, plain-faced, intelligent and honest English orphan. The novel goes through five distinct stages: Jane’s childhood at Gateshead, where she is abused by her aunt and cousins; her education at Lowood School, where she acquires friends and role models but also suffers privations; her time as the governess of Thornfield Manor, where she falls in love with her Byronic employer, Edward Rochester; her time with the Rivers family at Marsh’s End (or Moor House) and Morton, where her cold clergyman-cousin St John Rivers proposes to her; and her reunion with and marriage to her beloved Rochester at his house of Ferndean. Partly autobiographical, the novel abounds with social criticism and sinister gothic elements.
Biography/insert from online-literature/
Growing up in Victorian England, Charlotte and her sisters were inspired by the Romantic authors of the time including Sir Walter Scott, William Wordsworth and Lord George Gordon Byron. As sisters and authors, Charlotte, Emily and Anne gave each other moral support, shared creative ideas and proof-read one another’s work. As the oldest of the Bronte authors, Charlotte approached her writing career as a means to financial independence and to help support her siblings. She was born on 21 April 1816, at 74 Market Street in the village of Thornton near Bradford in Yorkshire County, England
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