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Sunday, 27 March 2011 01:00

Jane Eyre: Classics are Classic for a Reason

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Jane Eyre posterThe most recent incarnation of Charlotte Brontë’s 1847 romantic novel is a welcome one among modern movie choices. The movie generally follows the novel, and is refreshingly free of elements found in movies that earn R ratings. It does carry a PG-13 rating, but most likely only for the complicated story line and somber atmosphere of Jane's early life — certainly not for any sexual situations.

The story of Jane Eyre is one of an English orphan who grows to young womanhood in the harsh environment of a charity school. When she leaves and takes a job as governess to the ward of a wealthy Englishman, Edward Rochester, master of Thornfield, she finds herself becoming emotionally involved with him, and he even proposes to her. But on the wedding day, the ceremony is stopped when it is announced that Rochester cannot marry because he is already married. Heartbroken, Eyre leaves the manor house, finding employment and nurture in the company and home of a minister and his two sisters. After a tragedy befalls Thornfield and its inhabitants, Jane returns to the manor house, looking for Rochester and for answers. 

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