Ryan Sims Dr. Vivone English 101Â505 19 September 2014
Jane Eyre: A Relevant Modern Classic
In Charlotte BrontÃ«'s Jane Eyre, the main character, Jane Eyre, struggles with self esteem, self
confidence, and independence the entire course of the book. The novel, despite being written so long
ago, can serve as a source of inspiration for anyone looking to learn to stand up for themselves. While
at its publication in 1847, it was massively popular and wellÂreceived, Jane Eyre has grown even more
powerful in its message and even more relevant in today's society. The overarching story that takes
place of Jane's coming of age, and story of growth, may resonate stronger than ever with women and
girls of today's rapidly changing world.
The novel starts with Jane very young, as an orphan, cruelly cast aside and mistreated by her
aunt, who was forced to adopt her, and her cousins of the same age. Jane's levels of confidence,
independence, and selfÂesteem are arguably zero here. Almost everyone that she is in contact with treats
her poorly and with no respect whatsoever. This is the starting point for Jane and her story, "rock
bottom" as some call it. This feeling of hopelessness and despair, this "rock bottom" can be related to
by almost anyone at any age. What was true back then is still true today, people can be cruel. This
cruelty can have an effect on us and how people think of us can all too often become what we think of
ourselves. This starting point of hopelessness is how many readers will first relate to Jane and her story.
After a long upbring of this, Jane moves away from her Aunt and to a boarding school, where the rules
are strict and the living conditions are poor.