Why I’m Re-Reading Jane Eyre

Two years ago I picked up Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë. I made it to Chapter 7 and then I stopped. I was completely and utterly bored with it. In truth, Jane Eyre was not what I was expecting it to be. Just now, however, I’ve begun reading it again.

  • At first, the language of Jane Eyre sucked.

Two years ago, when I first began Jane Eyre, I could not understand diddly squat of what Charlotte wrote. But this year in my English class, I blundered through Frankenstein, a similarly written book by Mary Shelley. By the end, I understood the language. I figured that since I could finally understand the language, it would be a better read.

  • Jane Eyre seemed like a boring girl.

When I was reading Jane Eyre for the first time, Jane seemed like such a boring girl. Little emotions flowed to me through the words (or maybe that was because I didn’t understand them!) and everything Jane did seemed like it was glazed over. When I read, I see pictures and hear voices in my head (like watching the book turn into a movie)- but I wasn’t getting that with Jane Eyre. Now, however, I can see Jane in a different perspective since I have read it last, and it gives Jane a real personality instead of a black-and-white girl.

  • It’s a challenging read for me.

Although I am in a higher-paced English class, novels from the 19th century still escape my grasp. (Yet another reason as to why I haven’t read any Dickens yet!) I have a hard time comprehending them. In recent books, everything is spelled out about what is going on and who the people are. In books from the 19th century, there is a lot of guesswork (for me) about what is going on, what characters are exactly doing, and so on.

  • I needed to give it another chance.

Like I said in the beginning, I was just on Chapter 7 when I stopped reading Jane Eyre. That’s not so far into the book, just a taste of the beginning. I had an extremely biased opinion on the book then, and since I had given it time, I could take another chance at reading the book with an open mind.

  • It’s a good book.

There’s no doubt now that Jane Eyre is a good book. It’s well written, (although slightly confusing at times), descriptive, and interesting. In plain, it’s just a good book, and I recommend it to anyone who wants to read English classics.

Have you read Jane Eyre recently? What did you think of it?