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Jane Eyre is one of the most popular pieces of fiction ever written At different periods since its publication it has been accused of immorality of irreligion of being unfeminine or too feminine of alarming independence from convention or too much reliance on it of rejecting male supremacy or encouraging It has been called an account for bad structure bad characterization lack of control lack of ideas lack of philosophy and for containing irreconcilable paradoxes As times changed so did the views of the readers The author Charlotte Bronte has been criticized as well as praised about her writings She was described by George Lewes to George Elliot as A little plain provincial sickly looking old maid yet George Elliot added to her journal having been so overwhelmed by the novels What passion what fire in her Elizabeth Gaskell her biographer as well as fellow female Victorian novelist remarked In general there she sits quite alone thinking over the past She has the wild strange facts of her own and her sisters lives - - and beyond and above these she has the most original and suggestive thoughts of her own so that like the moors I felt on the last day as if our talk might be extended in any directions without getting to the end of any subject Charlotte was born in 1816 and died at the age of 39 in 1855 Like her brother and sisters she died of consumption She grew up on the moors in Haworth in Yorshire For the Bronte children they were poor and had very little to do Their father was Reverend Patrick Bronte who had been appointed Parson there He was a strict martinet very disciplined and self-righteous All of the Bronte children were raised by their father alone without a mother Their mother had died soon after the birth of the last child TO offset the boredom of
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