Glencoe Literature Library

Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë

First published in 1847, Jane Eyre presented a new type of heroine-an intelligent and passionate woman. The use of the first person enables the reader to move immediately into Jane's world-the lonely and difficult world of an orphaned girl who must make difficult choices and think for herself in nineteenth-century England. Overcoming class prejudices, others' unjust actions, and difficult circumstances, Jane's character shines and ultimately brings her happiness.

Related Readings

"Sonnet 116"-poem by William Shakespeare

"Wedding Day in the Rockies"-poem by E. B. White

from Wide Sargasso Sea-excerpt from the novel by Jean Rhys

from A Stranger in a Strange Land- informative nonfiction by Juliet Barker

"Signs and Symbols"-short story by Vladimir Nabokov

from The Life of Charlotte Brontë-biography by Elizabeth Gaskell

Study Guide (PDF)