Jayne Eyre Biography

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The feminine struggle to not only be accepted, but also respected, by their male counterparts has existed for many years. No matter how educated they are or experience in certain learned crafts, women are still not treated equal. Charlotte Bronte had a good understanding of this, she expressed her own life story and her feminist views in her greatest piece of literature, Jane Eyre.

Bronte was able to create such a dynamic character out of Jane Eyre because she parallels her own experiences as a youth. Anguish, misfortune, disappointment, and long-suffering were no strangers to the Bronte' household. With the deaths of their mother and two sisters, Jane and her siblings were never the same. Likewise, their father, Reverend Bronte, was left heartbroken, and faced with the burden of rearing his children on his own. Although Reverend Bronte loved his children, he was not a warm or affectionate man. Since love and cheeriness were no longer a part of the Bronte household, education and religion became the resilient tower of the family.

The scholared Reverend Bronte "did more than teach his children; he endowed them with a spirit of inquiry and integrity and an enthusiasm for learning" (Knapp, 21). In addition, he stressed the importance of spiritual truths. The mundane routine of rigorous instruction took its toll on the young children. They did not enjoy the free will of growing up and finding their own way. Reverend Bronte was a believer that the best decisions for ones life were not necessarily the most popular.

Although Charlotte Bronte was known for her renowned literature, she did not limit herself to that specific genre. Her poetry was equally profound. The poetry, complete with multi-layered meaning, also allows her booklovers a glimpse into her past. Her writing style is layered with genius, giving...