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English Charlotte Bronte was born in Thornton in the West Riding of Yorkshire on April 211816 the third child of Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell Bronte The major event of her young life was the death of her mother in 1821 which created a lot of chaos Jane Eyre was published in 1847 it was a success but was followed up by a tragedy In September 1848 her brother Branwell died probably due to heavy drinking this was closely followed by the death of her sister Emily from consumption in December 1848 and her sister Annes death of the same disease in May 1849 Charlottes grief is plain in her novel Shirley which she had been working on when all the death started In 1824 when their mother died Charlotte and Emily were sent to join their older sisters Maria and Elizabeth at the Clergy Daughters School in Cowan Bridge it made a deep and painful impression on Charlotte She used her memories of her school days when she wrote the early chapters of Jane Eyre The school was in Lowood where the Reeds sent Jane after her illness Mr Bocklehurst is based on Charlottes impression of Mr Carus Wilson Marias death was especially traumatic for Charlotte biographers believe that she was the inspiration for the character of Helen Burns Janes stoic friend at Lowood After her mother and sisters died for five and a half years her and her siblings were not sent away for school they were taught at home They were looked after by their Aunt Miss Branwell and by a new servant Tabitha Ackroyd a warmhearted outspoken Yorkshirewoman She did the rough work of the house and entertained the children Tabby as she was called was with them practically all their lives Some characteristics of Bessie Lee and Hannah in Jane Eyre were based in part of Charlottes recollections of Tabby After the death of her two sisters
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