The story of Winston Churchill’s upbringing and life through politics and war did not begin as one might expect. More often than not, fictional stories usually portray our main character as a man of little things who climbs the social ladder through their own achievements and intelligence. Instead, Churchill began and ended his extensive life as a privileged being, but it is in the middle where the most interesting facts lay. Winston Churchill is the most influential man in European History. Beginning as a boy who hated school to a man who could sway another with a single speech, his personal change was drastic; but so was the change that he brought to the world and Great Britain.
On November 30, 1874, Winston Leonard Churchill was born in Blenheim Palace (Black 40). His father was Lord Randolph; a persistent politician who spent much of his time working for the Liberal Party. His mother was Jennie Jerome; a young woman who was the daughter of an American millionaire (41). Throughout his life, Churchill does not reflect of his parents too fondly of his parents who always distanced themselves from their son.
When Churchill was two, the family moved to Ireland where Lord Randolph was to work for his father, the Duke of Marlborough. He did not have a very close relationship with his parents, especially his father (Black 42). Churchill recalls at his mother’s death, “She shone for me like the evening star. I loved her dearly — but at a distance” (Dell 627). Much of his time was spent with his nanny, who attempted to teach him math, reading and writing (Black 46). Quite often, Lord Randolph would be off for a political reason while Jennie Jerome enjoyed the social life a young woman might have in this time period. They stayed in Dublin for four years and returned to Blenheim Palace when Churchill was six (45). As they returned, he was immediately sent to a boarding school where he would begin his formal education. He began at the Saint George’s School where it was quickly learned that he would be difficult to teach. His lack of participation and attendance is what brought his grades down to the lowest in the class. The only solution was to move to another school which would be Ascot in Berkshire. Churchill remained the same but with minor improvements in his behavior and academics (48). He recalls, “My education was interrupted only be my schooling” (Dell 511). It was not until the Harrow School where Churchill showed his true sprit. Run by two sister, they spent more time focusing on those who needed it instead of punishing him for not be able to quickly absorb the information. He felt more comfortable and understood at this new school and would remain here until his graduation (Black 49) .
A reason for this sudden change in interest was not all due to the school itself but the interest of Lord Randolph. Lord Randolph had always dreamed that Churchill would be in the military, and in an attempt to please and connect to his father, he knew that...