"Bronte reached the highest romance through the lowest realism." -G.K. Chesterton
"Brontë introduced the literary world to a sphere it had yet to see and, ironically, one larger than it could contain. In Jane’s struggle, the novel presents an argument, persuasive mainly through its pathos, against the 19th century norms of classism, gender roles, marriage, passion versus restraint, and convention versus truth." -From Amanda Ryan's Introduction
Fires, secrets, dashing heroes, imposters, sudden revelations, and more make this book an unforgettable read. Jane Eyre goes from spoiled brat to hard-working governess to fiance of a rich and mysterious landowner and finally a woman who can rely on her own talents and strengths. This sensational tale is told through unnoticed but observant eyes of an ordinary heroine. It is this rare combination of prosaic authenticity and groundbreaking sensationalism that would transform the novel irreversibly.
This Canon Classic is a must-read for everyone interested in the development of the bildungsroman and in this young woman's development and maturation through difficult circumstances. The Canon Classics series presents the most definitive works of Western literature in a colorful, well-crafted, and affordable way. Unlike many other thrift editions, our classics are printed on thicker text stock and feature individualized designs that prioritize readability by means of proper margins, leading, characters per line, font, trim size, etc. Each book’s materials and layout combine to make the classics a simple and striking addition to classrooms and homes, ideal for introducing the best of literary culture and human experience to the next generation.
This Worldview Edition features an introduction divided into sections on The World Around, About the Author, What Other Notables Said, Setting, Characters, & Plot Summary, Worldview Analysis, and 21 Discussion Questions & Answers.