How her life relates to the novel of Jane Eyre.
When critically studying a text, especially a controversial novel born in a more divisive period, such that is Jane Eyre, it is important that it serves as a social and personal microscope so its potent potential to magnify the intricacies of its own composer and context and reflectively, the developed or regressed reader and the context it is presently read in, be allowed. Thence, some of the aspects of the life of Charlotte Bronte that relate to the novel Jane Eyre will be analysed, for context creates the mind of the composer and the mind of the composer creates the soul of the text. .
Charlotte Bronte was born in 1816, the third child of Reverend Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell Bronte. The couple had six children before Maria Bronte died of cancer in 1821, similar to the death of Eyre's real mother. The Reverend Bronte subsequently treated his children in a severe manner, comparable to the harsh and cruel treatment Eyre sustained by Mrs. Reed. He also had the five girls sent to school at Cowan Bridge, where conditions were poor, and when fever broke out at the school, two of the girls died from the disease. These aspects are correlated to Eyre at Lowood, where Helen Burns was not only admired as a friend, but also loved like a sister, and also is, her death suffered due to her meagre situation at the school.
The settings of Jane Eyre unmistakably contain elements that characterized her own life. The dreary moors of Yorkshire, England are most typified and as setting creates the mood and tone of the novel and Eyre herself, as did the gothic scene which Bronte lived, for her life and her work were characterized by a sense of hopelessness and was said to have never entertained pleasant thoughts of the future. .
Charlotte Bronte was sent away to the Roe Head School in 1831, where Mrs. Wooler was the head teacher. The plainness of Eyre, which is relentlessly defining of her throughout the novel, is no doubt mirrored in the size and dress of Bronte, which were distinct from the other girls.