Friday, October 10, 2008

The Start of an Inevitable Legend

Born in Thornton, Yorkshire, England, Emily was the fifth child of Patrick Bronte and Maria Branwell, sister Anne being the youngest of the six children. In 1821, only at the age of 38, Maria Branwell lost her battle with cancer and died, widowing Patrick and leaving her three-year old daughter Emily behind with her five other siblings.
After sister Anne was born, Emily and the rest of the Bronte's moved to the village of Haworth where Patrick became vicar. Later on, a year or so after Maria's death, her sister, Elizabeth Branwell, had moved in with the Bronte's to service in helping to raise the six young Bronte children.

In 1824, the four Bronte sisters began their education at Clergy Daughter's School at Cowan Bridge, leaving the baby Anne behind. However, the stay did not last long; a year after being enrolled, Maria and Elizabeth died of tuberculosis at the tender ages of 10 and 11, so Emily and Charlotte returned home to Haworth.
Seeking a haven for entertainment and comfort, not being able to get it from their quiet, surly father, the Bronte children consumed a vast amount of time reading the creations of Shakespeare and Milton, finding the creative side of them. As time progressed and their creative minds expanded, the four children found themselves writing poems and short stories, creating imaginary worlds that helped them find other sides of themselves. It was in these creative outlets and practices, that the Bronte sisters found their gift in writing.


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