With an essay by Elaine Showalter.
'The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself'
Passionate, poetic and revolutionary, Jane Eyre is a novel of naked emotional power. Its story of a defiant, fiercely intelligent woman who refuses to accept her appointed place in society - and instead finds love on her own terms - has become famous as one of the greatest romances ever written, but it is also a brooding Gothic mystery, a profound depiction of character and a transformative work of the imagination.
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I don’t think that musicals should continue. Recently I went to a high school musical called Jane Eyre. I don’t understand, but others may, why there is singing to the point where it makes things crazily unrealistic. At one point Jane was trying to leave but another actor started to sing. Of course being a musical, she stopped and started singing too. She went from being angry to being happy quickly. I don’t think this is really realistic.
Jane Eyre from my point of view had very little point to it. The story line consisted of a orphan becoming a governess. At the home she was serving, her boss proposed to her. On the wedding day we find out he is already married to a crazy lady locked in the attic so there is drama. Jane, the orphan, then finds out that she has some family left and then they die almost immediately so she gets all of their money. While Jane becomes rich, her almost husband’s house burns down and his crazy wife commits suicide. Then with lots of singing and dancing they get married. None of this musical made much sense and it had virtually no stable storyline, just lots of random events.
Overall I would have to not recommend the Jane Eyre musical, or any other, unless you want to make fun of it. If you look at it in a funny way you can actually have a good time. During the musical Jane stays up at night and paints her boss very well in a few seconds. Later when her master walks in the room he conveniently misses the painting of himself in the room. None of this has much point but is pretty funny. While you are laughing though you have to make sure you keep your voice down because there are a few people in the front that have a kid in the musical that will be offended. If you want a good laugh go to this musical, if not then don’t.
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Re read this book for a course I took at Oxford. Rereading this book is always a pleasure . Read full review