True Beauty

     My reading goals have been going pretty well, though I stopped reading quite as much because the books I am currently reading have lost my interest, and most of the time I am too tired to read with my many activities. I try my best to continue reading most days though, and I would say I read 3-5 days a week. I am currently reading The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. I have one more goal: to finish another book!
     Set in early 19th c. Northern England, Jane Eyre is a young orphan who suffers at the hands of the Reed family. Soon enough, Jane is living at a boarding school for the rest of her childhood after her Aunt Reed sends her away. After two years as a teacher, Jane ventures out and is soon working at the Rochester residence. She slowly and secretly falls in love with the headmaster Rochester, and after an attempted marriage, their love suffers some major bumps in the road, but in the end the two finally get happily married.

     "A beauty neither of fine colour nor long eyelash, nor penciled brow, but of meaning, of movement, of radiance" (121).

     This quote, while very true to the theme of love in Jane Eyre, is very prevalent in the modern age. In a society more materialistic than ever, sometimes people's judgements only go surface deep. Racism is such a big problem today, and for what? People get so caught up in the small things-fine color, long eyelash, penciled brow-that they overlook a person's character. There are no easy fixes to the problems that plague society today, but if we all took this quote to heart we would certainly be taking a large step in the right direction, away from discrimination.

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  1. I've heard good reviews about Jane Eyre, I might check it out during the summer

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