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Jane Eyre




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Jane Eyre

Jane Eyre


Charlote Bronte

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Charlotte Bronte

Charlotte Bronte

Was born of Irish ancestry in 1816

Lived at Haworth, a parsonage

Mother died of cancer when Charlotte was 5 years old.

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Charlotte’s Religious Views

Charlotte’s Religious Views

Father, Patrick Bronte, was an Anglican clergyman

Due to her upbringing, she often wrote about religious hypocrisy—those who preach one doctrine but live by another

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The Bronte Sisters

The Bronte Sisters

Charlotte had four sisters and one brother.

After their mother’s death, Brontë and her sisters were sent to the Clergy Daughters’ School.

The food was bad

Discipline was harsh

Disease was rampant

Bronte’s two older sisters (Maria & Elizabeth) died of tuberculosis.

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Tuberculosis was a common killer during the Victorian era.

Tuberculosis often destroys its victims’ lungs, resulting in a bloody cough.

If untreated, sufferers may die of tuberculosis because their lungs are so badly damaged.

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All in the Family

All in the Family

The Clergy Daughter’s School at Cowan Bridge would became the model for Lowood, the fictitious girls’ school in Jane Eyre.

Charlote’s sisters Anne and Emily Bronte both became successful writers.

In 1846, Charlotte & her sisters started publishing poems and began writing novels:

The Professor was Charlotte’s attempt to fictionalize her love for a college professor she had met at Brussels.

In 1847 Wuthering Heights was sister Emily’s first success. Charlotte followed with Jane Eyre.

Charlotte’s brother, Branwell, was a gifted painter.

Emily Bronte

Anne Bronte

Branwell Bronte

Charlotte Bronte

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All 3 Bronte Sisters…

All 3 Bronte Sisters…

Used a masculine pen name because women writers were not taken seriously at that time in Victorian England.

Charlotte used the name Currer Bell.

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Marriage Bells

Marriage Bells

In 1854 Charlotte married her father's curate, Arthur Bell Nichols.

The next year, she became pregnant, then ill.

She died a month before her 39th birthday.

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The novel

The novel

Jane Eyre was published in London in 1847.

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