Charlotte Bronte

Independence
  • Independence

  • ‘I care for myself. The more solitary, the more friendless, the more unsustained I am, the more I will respect myself.’
    We collect some of the most heartening statements of independence from Brontë’s heroines Jane Eyre and Lucy Snowe as in the face of temptation, hardship and heartache they cling determinedly to their own principles.

    Selected from Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre and Villette.

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RELEASED 05/04/2020

Charlotte Brontë was born on 21 April 1816. Her father was curate of Haworth, Yorkshire and her mother died when she was five years old, leaving five daughters and one son. In 1824 Charlotte, Maria, Elizabeth, and Emily were sent to Cowan Bridge, a school for clergymen's daughters, where Maria and Elizabeth both caught tuberculosis and died. The children were taught at home from this point on and together they created vivid fantasy worlds which they explored in their writing. Charlotte worked as a teacher from 1835 to 1838 and then as a governess. In 1846, along with Emily and Anne, Charlotte published Poems by Currer, Ellis and Acton Bell. After this Emily wrote Wuthering Heights, Anne wrote Agnes Grey and Charlotte wrote The Professor. Wuthering Heights and Agnes Grey were both published but Charlotte's novel was initially rejected. In 1847 Jane Eyre became her first published novel and met with immediate success. Between 1848 and 1849 Charlotte lost her remaining siblings: Emily, Branwell and Anne. She published Shirley in 1849, Villette in 1853 and in 1854 she married the Revd. Arthur Bell Nicholls. She died the next year, on 31 March 1855.