Classic Novels To Read (women’s classics)

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This blog is a follow-up to Part 1 of the “Classic Novels to Read” series. And I wanted to make a blog devoted to women in literature where I selected my favorites women’s classics.

Jane Eyre By Charlotte Bronte

It’s no surprise that Jane Eyre is considered not only a feminist classic, but also an example of Romantic Gothic literature. Bronte’s writing is enthralling and exquisitely eloquent. Within the first few pages, readers are likely to develop a fondness for Jane and her numerous ‘plights’. Jane is such a genuine character, and Bronte captures the inner workings of her mind perfectly. There are also numerous insightful passages on issues of gender, class, and freedom. What I admire most about Jane Eyre is her sense of solitude. Jane is an outsider, a single woman with no social or collective aspirations (as an orphan, Jane is solely responsible for her own sustenance and independence) who, as an adult, is most at ease as an impassive spectator. Underneath her resolute persona is a passionate soul.

Rebecca By Daphne du Maurier

I read this book for the first time last year and fell in love with it. A film based on this classic was recently released. I don’t want to give anything away, therefore I’m not going into deep of the plot. But I’ll just say that the prose is very easy to read, scary at times, and contains important moral messages that will strike a chord with any reader. At the heart of her novel Daphne du Maurier slowly but completely untangles the mystery. In the finale, she details incisively the motives and circumstances which may lead “ordinary” people to a major crime. Even more impressive is that the narrative keeps the suspense even after this twisty revelation. The novel has been beautifully written by the author, and it contains all of the elements of a great read, with romance, thrills, and suspense playing important roles.

Little Women By Louisa May Alcott

Little Women provides a delightful distraction into a world of love, happiness, and love of family. This book constantly reminds us of the harsh realities of the world, which is why it is still relevant today. Many of us are frustrate-ed every day of our lives, and we deal with it in various ways. Little Women tells the story of the March sisters; they bear their frustration and quietly rebel against the norms that is impose-d on them. Little Women teaches us that not all wars are witnessed, and that not all wars must be witnessed in order to be seen.

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