This post is part of this year’s April Challenge to write a post a day. I’ve chosen to write about my greatest literary passion: Jane Eyre. I’m going to show you some famous and significant quotes from Jane Eyre.
I love these quotes because they show us how powerful Jane’s character was.
She wanted to be Mr. Rochester’s equal. She insists on being independent, having free will, and being the same.
She refuses to allow him to trample on her, in spite of being much richer than her, much older than her, and part of the patriarchal ruling classes.
Finally, I love the way she’s more concerned with happiness than doing what’s expected. That’s why at the end of the novel, when she discovers his first wife has died, she returns to him, in spite of the indignity of returning to the man who lied to her.
She’s prepared to give him another chance, but on equal terms.
She marries him in the end, but she warns him that she is no longer a poor dependent:
‘If you won’t let me live with you, I can build a house of my own close up to your door, and you may come and sit in my parlour when you want company of an evening.’
She asserts her independence by threatening to choose to build a house of her own next to his.
I’m so sure she’d eventually be the ruler of the roost! Aren’t you?