Hands down, it’s Jane Eyre
from Charlotte Bronte’s novel by the same name.
Why? That’s easy!
She’s a survivor, and I’ve always looked at myself that way. So she’s not only a role model but a kindred spirit as well.
Read the book
I hope it’s still on the shelves of your local library despite the move to purge our school English classes and libraries of everything “classical” and the least bit “moral”.
If Jane Eyre were written today she would
· be out for revenge against her aunt Mrs. Reed and the abusive head of the orphanage where she ends up.
· take one look at Thornfield Hall and say, “This isn’t for me; I’m outta here.”
· set her cap for Mr. Rochester because doesn’t every girl want a rich husband?
· ignore his situation and become his mistress
· steal some of Thornfield’s treasures to finance her escape
· go to the city and perhaps become a “working girl” to feather her nest and find a more suitable rich husband
If you don’t want to read the book, watch the movie
No telling how many versions of Jane Eyre have been filmed. You can find a comprehensive list here, beginning with the first silent film in 1910, and going through the made-for-television productions.
· The 1943 feature film starring Orson Welles, Joan Fontaine, Agnes Morehead, Margaret O’Brien, Peggy Ann Garner, and a very young Elizabeth Taylor.
· The 1970 made-for-television film starring George C. Scott and Susanna York.
Put Jane Eyre on your summer reading/viewing list!
You’ll wonder why you never discovered it before.