英语读后感：简爱 Jane eyre
I first read Jane eyre in the eighth grade and have read it every few years since. This is one of my favorite novels, and for me it’s much more than a gothic romance, though I might have defined it that way at 13. Jane and Mr. Rochester have always shocked and troubled me in some way. Every time I see them, they have a new depth… Their love story has been going on for centuries.
Charlotte Bronte’s first novel, her most famous, is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story. Jane is plain, poor, lonely and unprotected, but because of her strong independence and strong will, she has grown up to defy society’s expectations of her. This is absolutely feminist literature, published in 1847, long before any feminist movement began. Perhaps this is one reason why the novel has gained such a following since its release. It was also one of the first gothic romance novels to be published and defined the genre.
Jane eyre, our narrator, was born into a poor family. Her parents died when she was very young, and the little girl was sent to live with her uncle and aunt at gateshead. Jane’s uncle genuinely cared for her and professed his affection for her, but Mrs. Reed seemed to dislike the orphan and neglected her when she coddled her own child. This unfair treatment highlights Jane’s status as an unwelcome outsider. She was often severely punished. Once, her nasty cousin jack got into a fight with her. Jane tries to protect herself and ends up locked in the scary red house. Jane’s uncle reed had died not long before in this room, and Mrs. Reed knew how much she feared it. Since Jane is the narrator, the reader can directly feel the feelings of the child, her high emotional state in captivity. Indeed, she looked almost like a hysterical child, full of fear and anger. She said repeatedly that her life was “unfair” and that her heart was full of pain. When Jane looks in the mirror, she sees a distorted image of herself. She looked at her reflection and saw a “strange little figure”, or “little ghost”. Jane has not yet learned to put her heart above her head. Her passion continued to rage unbridled. She was sequestered in the red house, a sign that she would be cut off from almost all society and communities. This powerful, beautifully written scene always moves me.
Mrs. Reed decided to send Jane to lowood school, a humble school opened by Mr. Brocklehurst, who believed that suffering made great men. All the children there were neglected and severely punished unless they made any mistakes. At lowood, Jane met Helen burns, a young woman a little older than Jane, who guided her through the rest of her life with vision, light, and love. Jane is in great need of love. In this first friendship, this became apparent. Helen later died of a fever in Jane’s arms. Her illness and death could have been prevented if more attention had been paid to those young people. Jane spent ten years at lowood, eight as a student and two as a teacher. Tired and frustrated by her surroundings, Jane applied for a position as a governess and found work at thornfield. It was owned by a gentleman named Edward fairfax rochester. Her job is to teach his ward, a lovely little French girl, Adele. For a long time, the moody and enigmatic rochester confides in Jane, who confides in him. The two form an unlikely friendship and eventually fall in love. Jane’s need for love reappeared, as did her passionate nature. She bloomed. As a dark gothic figure, rochester’s heart is also filled with the hope of true love and future happiness with Jane. Ironically, he took all the pain, past and future, on himself.
Things were not as they seemed at thornfield. There is a strange, ominous maid, grace Poole, who lives and works in the attic room. She kept to herself and seldom appeared. From the start, however, Jane sensed that strange things would happen at night when everyone was asleep. Jane wants to know why nobody is investigating Mrs. Poole. Then a stranger visited thornfield, and mysteriously disappeared with Mr. Rochester. Late that evening, Jane was asked to sit with the man while the owner of the house sought medical help. The man was badly injured and weakened by loss of blood. The first thing in the morning, with a feeling of regret, he got into the carriage and left. There was no direct answer to Jane’s question. This visit will have dire consequences for all concerned. An explosive secret is revealed that will destroy all the pleasant plans Jane and rochester have made. Again, Jane, poverty and isolation.
Charlotte Bronte’s heroine, Jane eyre, may not have been enhanced by beauty or money, but she had a passionate spirit, a sense of integrity and independence — traits that never diminished despite the oppression she faced in life. Ms Bronte brings such issues as “Jane eyre” : the relationship between men and women in the mid-19th century, the equality of women, the treatment of children and women’s religious beliefs and hypocrisy (the difference between the two), the realization of self, the nature of love and passion. This is a novel full of romance, mystery and passion. It is both surprisingly fresh and contemporary. Ms. Bronte will make your heart race, your pulse race, and your eyes fill with tears.