Thursday’s Special: Breaking Free
In 1847 using the pen name of Currer Bell, Charlotte Brontë published one of the most influential novels in English literature which she entitled Jane Eyre: An Autobiography. It is an important book about growing up i.e. a “Bildungsroman”, but also a Gothic novel, a romance and a social commentary. It is a novel that many consider to be ahead of its time given Brontë’s views on classism, sexuality, and proto-feminism.
You have probably read it, or seen some of its several film adaptations. This post features a score from the most recent Jane Eyre movie, and a photo of my Jane Eyre doll. Please find one of the excerpts from the novel in the text bellow the photo.
Jane: ” to gain some real affection from you, I would willingly submit to have the bone of my arm broken, or to let a bull toss me, or to stand behind a kicking horse, and let it dash its hoof at my chest”
10-year old Jane was brought before the master of Lowood school, Mr Brocklehurst. This is the conversation they had:
“There is no sight so sad as that of a naughty child, especially a naughty little girl. Do you know where the wicked go after death, Jane?”
“They go to hell,”
“And what is hell? Can you tell me that?”
“A pit full of fire.”
“And should you like to fall into that pit, and to be burning there for ever?”
“What must you do to avoid it?”
“I must keep in good health, and not die.”
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