I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.
From Jane Eyre
Charlotte Brontë created with Jane Eyre one of the most delicate novels in Women Literature, questioning certain gender roles, moralities and taboos within the patriarchal society. The protagonist, Jane, a brave, clever, self-concious character on the shady side of life, struggles for the equality between men and women, rises against the puritan bigotry and understanding that puts women off the stage.
A novel ahead of its time, with a lot of implications for anyone within a certain kind of society that not only helps us to see what we are sometimes blind to but also makes us acquainted with another way of thinking.
The indiviualistic character of Jane, fighting for self-determination and love and against the prudish double moral of the time, along with Charlotte Brontës exploration of classism, sexuality, proto-feminism and religion makes this novel one of the most important ones even now.