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Charlotte Bronte: How her circumstances affected her writing

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Charlotte Bronte power point for Professor Owens English class.

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    • 1. Charlotte Bronte:How her Circumstances Affected Her Writing 1
    • 2. “When fate hands you alemon, make lemonade” -Dale Carnegie 2
    • 3. History of Charlotte Bronte • Born in 1816 at Thornton, Bradford Yorkshire • Third child of six 3
    • 4. Her grief begins at a very early age• At the age of five her mother dies.• She is sent with her sisters to a boarding school where the conditions are barely livable.• Her two older sisters die due to the poor conditions at school. 4
    • 5. Charlotte’s father, a clergyman, is left to raise six children on his own• Although a religious man, there aren’t many nice things said about him in the history books. 5
    • 6. Charlotte and her siblings enjoy writing as a favorite pastime They wrote stories and created their own imaginary worlds 6
    • 7. THe similarities in Charlotte’s life and her books are too close to ignore• Her books include Jane Eyre, Villette, The Professor and many others• Many have even called Jane Eyre an autobiography 7
    • 8. Some of the similarities...Mr. Rochester 2011 Jane Eyre major motion picture • The protagonist of Jane Eyre is both calm, intelligent and homely. Charlotte is described the same way in most of her biographies • Mr. Rochester is said to be based on Thackeray, a friend of Charlotte’s. 8 William Thackeray
    • 9. And some more similarities...• The school Jane was sent to had extremely harsh living conditions. Charlotte’s school was similar.• Every male character in the book is unappealing. They threaten her equality and dignity. Charlotte lived in a time where women were anything but equals. 9
    • 10. Charlotte created the homely heroine• Others of her time were writing of heroines that were handsome and amicable.• Charlottes heroines are calm and independent.• While others wrote of idealism, Charlotte strove for realism. 10
    • 11. It is impossible toseparate the life of Charlotte Bronte from her books. 11
    • 12. Many would have said Charlotte was doomedfrom the very beginning 12
    • 13. But instead of using hersad circumstances as an excuse... 13
    • 14. She turned her stumbling block intothe very pedestal of her literary achievements. 14