Monday Muse – Charlotte Bronte

I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.

What better way to commemorate the 198th anniversary of Ms Bronte’s birth than to feature her as my Monday Muse this week? It’s true I’ve mentioned the Bronte sisters before in my Most Inspirational Writers posts but this one is just for Charlotte.

The eldest of the three sisters, Charlotte acted as their motherly friend and guardian. The girls, along with their brother Branwell, created imaginary worlds for themselves and wrote stories based around these worlds. These were indications of the careers to come.

Out of them all, Charlotte seemed to have the most success with Jane Eyre. It was instantly a bestseller and with good reason; it is a sweeping intense gothic love story, written in the voice of a complicated strong female character. The characters and the story transcend time. There is so much going on in this book and it is written so subtly. It went against the social norms of the time of its publication (1847) and the Bronte sisters chose to publish under pseudonyms because they were aware of the stigma attached to them as women authors.

I find all the Bronte sisters inspiring, especially in the way they wrote the stories they wanted to instead of conforming to what was expected of them, and for creating very real disturbing characters. Jane Eyre is a book I will certainly read again.

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