Emily Bronte was born in Thornton on July 30, 1818 and later moved with her family to Haworth, an isolated village on the Moors. Her mother, Maria Branwell Bronte died when Emily Bronte was only three years old, this left Emily and her five siblings, Maria, Elizabeth, Charlotte, Anne, and Branwell to the care of their father Patrick Bronte. The Bronte siblings lived with their father, a Reverend named Patrick Bronte, in a manse very high above the community at Haworth in Yorkshire, England ("Bronte Sisters”). The manse was amongst the largest houses in Haworth, though in comparison with the homes of other clergymen in different areas of Great Britain, it would have been thought of as relatively tiny (www.bronte.org.uk). Patrick Bronte chose the Anglican Church over other jobs because it was the only career that presented him a way out of his poor Irish background. The Bronte girls were sent to Cowan, a boarding school, in 1824. The very next year while at Cowan, Elizabeth and Maria came home because they were sick with tuberculosis. In 1835 Charlotte Bronte chose the profession of teaching for work. For a short time in 1837 Bronte moved to Halifax in order to become a teacher at Law Hill School. She returned home to Haworth when her health began to fail. “Emily’s health, like her sisters, had been weakened by unsanitary conditions at home, the source of water being contaminated by runoff from the church’s graveyard” (Antonio Losano 5). After this terrible experience Bronte stayed home with her Father for five years and in her time she wrote poems and short stories to take up time in her day. In 1842, Bronte went to school in Brussels with Charlotte Bronte where they studied music and foreign language. Bronte
also wrote her French essays at this time. The whole family was reunited in 1845. Branwell Bronte who was working on a novel at the time told his sisters of the very profitable possibilities of writing and publishing a novel. In autumn of 1845 Charlotte Bronte uncovered some of Emily Bronte’s poetry and she was angered by her sisters’ encroachment into her private writings. Charlotte Bronte convinced her to coact on a book of poetry. A year later the book of poetry was entitled Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Action Bell and was published. (“Emily Bronte”) Her Brother Branwell Bronte died in September of 1848 (“Bronte Sisters”). Her childhood with her family, her country’s power, and the imagination and works of all her siblings were large influences on the works of Emily Bronte.
Emily Bronte had a very large family and they were all very close and dear to one another. Bronte’s father Reverend Patrick Bronte was born on March 17, 1777 in Drumballyroney, County Down, Ireland. His original family name was Brunty, but Patrick Bronte changed his name to Bronte when he went to England and enrolled at St. Johns College, at the age of 25 years old. He was ordained into the Church of England in 1807. In 1820 he was appointed curate of...