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Jane Eyre By Charlotte Brontë
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"Jane Eyre" is a famous and influential novel by English writer Charlotte Brontë. The novel goes through five distinct stages: Jane's childhood at Gateshead, where she is emotionally... More > and physically abused by her aunt and cousins; her education at Lowood School, where she acquires friends and role models but also suffers privations; her time as the governess of Thornfield Hall, where she falls in love with her employer, Edward Rochester; her time with the Rivers family at Marsh's End and Morton, where her cold clergyman-cousin St John Rivers proposes to her; and her reunion with and marriage to her beloved Rochester. Partly autobiographical, the novel abounds with social criticism. It is a novel considered ahead of its time. In spite of the dark, brooding elements, it has a strong sense of right and wrong, of morality at its core.< Less
The Professor By Charlotte Brontë
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"The Professor" was the first novel by Charlotte Brontë. The book is the story of a young man, William Crimsworth, and is a first-person narrative from his perspective. It describes... More > his maturation and his loves. William Crimsworth is an orphaned child, educated at Eton College after being taken in by his uncles. After having worked as a clerk for his cruel elder brother, he departs for Belgium, where he becomes a professor at an all-girl's school and meets his wife-to-be, who is a pupil of his.< Less
Shirley By Charlotte Brontë
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Shirley Keeldar is an orphaned heiress to a fortune, a headstrong, independent and determined young woman. The novel is set in Yorkshire during the industrial depression. The major themes are the... More > explicit historical theme of industrial unrest in early nineteenth century Britain; and the implicit theme of the role of women in society. Shirley is a landowner, an independent heiress whose parents are dead and who lives with Mrs. Pryor, an old governess. Shirley is lively, cheerful and full of ideas about how to use her money, how to help people and very interested in business concerns.< Less
Villette By Charlotte Brontë
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After an unspecified family disaster, Lucy Snowe travels to the city of Villette to teach at an all-girls school where she is unwillingly pulled into both adventure and romance. Lucy Snowe is a... More > twenty-three year old self-reliant, quiet, intelligent young lady; she has 'no attractive accomplishments – no beauty,' and no relations. Though usually reserved and emotionally self-controlled, she has strong feelings and affections for those she really values, and even sincerely cares for the giddy Ginevra, albeit in a blunt curmudgeonly fashion. The novel is celebrated not so much for its plot as its acute tracing of Lucy's psychology, particularly Brontë's use of Gothic doubling to represent externally what her protagonist is suffering internally.< Less

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