Jane Eyre: Brontë's Mother Affected Jane

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Would a person describe the personality and acts of their mothers as loving or nurturing or quite possibly witty with her words? When one thinks of a Mother, be it their own or another, one would usually describe them as caring, affectionate, protective; however, with her mother having died when she was a young age of five, Charlotte Brontë never had the chance to understand how essential those traits were to a child and grew up under the care and teachings of her father; which was what helped lead to her strong and virtuous independence: the lack of a mother's love and guide.
When a child is born into this unpredictable world, led by a Fate that depends well on what and how one plays their lives, they are usually taken care of by the one and only guardian blessed with the soul inside them: their mothers. Granted, that some may not have wished to be one so early, they were given to do so; with supposed adoring hearts and unbound love and careful nurturing, the role of a Mother in a child's life is important - not belittling a Father's, of course - and no matter how different one mother treats their child compared to another, their love is something a child will never forget. Yet, sadly, Brontë herself never had the chance to experience such a thing like most - if not other - children had. Her kindhearted mother, Maria Branwell, passed away from cancer at the young age of thirty-eight in September, 1821 (Online-lit.) leaving her six children and husband, Patrick Brontë, in a lost state. Withal, Charlotte's father worked hard for their peaceful - albeit isolated - life as a curator in Thornton, their hometown, but later moved on to Haworth and was appointed Reverend. Being born in Victorian times and has fair - or even more in-depth - knowledge on the politics occurring around, her father talked and shared and even encouraged his children into learning politics; so Charlotte and her sisters knew of the things that weren't supposed to be told nor taught to daughters in a family at the time. Seems like her father may not know the limit to his teachings, and without a mother to step in and teach the girls the 'proper' things and the “etiquettes of a lady”, they were all exposed to both social and personal experiences many were viciously blinded from due to sex-based roles in society.
Much like Brontë Jane was, and not just because the book was referenced and intertwined with her own happenings, she lost her mother at a young age and was sent to live with her cruel aunt, just like how Brontë's “Aunt Branwell” was, an excerpt of a quote within 'hubpages' from A Life of Charlotte Bronte says, “..she lacked the warmth and understanding which can be balm to the sensitive.” (Crompton 7) where Crompton speaks of how Aunt Branwell wasn't fond of children, and how coldly she treated them. And with the loss of her two older sisters, Maria and Elizabeth, at the age of nine, she became the oldest and had to take care of her three younger siblings; gaining an...

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