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What Influenced Charlotte as a child to become a writer?

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Charlotte Bronte 1816 - What Influenced Charlotte as a child to become a writer? Charlotte was born to in 1816 in Yorkshire to Patrick Bronte and his wife. She was one of six children, an averaged size family in those days. The family were moved to Haworth (a small village in the west Yorkshire moors) in 1820. Sadly a year later Mrs Bronte died leaving the six children in her sisters care. Charlotte had to cope with the death of a mother when she was very young and the death of her two elder sisters a few years later. She had to learn to care for herself and to be more independent. This may have helped Charlotte to be able to empathise with the feelings that arise when somebody dies. ...read more.


So although she had been through horrible times she was able to use them to her advantage. After their mother and two eldest children had died, Charlotte was left with her sisters Emily and Anne and brother Branwell to the care of their father, and their strict, religious aunt, Elisabeth Branwell. The children created imaginary kingdoms, which were built around Branwell's toy soldiers, and which inspired them to write stories about the fantasylands of Angria and Gondal. Charlotte had a very big imagination at an early age and having a brother and sister that shared this imagination helped her to expand on it. All of Mr Brontes children were encouraged to read widely.The Bronte children were avid readers and they loved to make up stories and then share them with each other. ...read more.


School played a big part in her life as she had been to a horrible school but also a school she liked so having had both experiences she was able to use this to her advantage and be able to write books about good times at school, bad times at school, teachers she knew at school etc... Being female, living in the Victorian age and not being terribly wealthy were particularly helpful to Charlotte because as she was not all that wealthy she didn't have many toys or materialistic thing so her imagination is what she used to entertain herself. She couldn't watch T.V, so she read books, she couldn't go shopping with her friends so she would make up stories with her siblings. Charlottes childhood influenced her a lot and we are able to see what her childhood may have been like through characters, settings and feelings in her books. ...read more.

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