Charlotte and Emily Brontë: Literary Lives by Tom Winnifrith, Edward Chitham (auth.)

By Tom Winnifrith, Edward Chitham (auth.)

This new ebook at the Brontes concentrates at the method during which the literary pursuits and expressions of Charlotte and Emily have been outfitted up. It uses fresh study into history and analyzing topic to enquire the improvement of the authors' poetry and novels.

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It was a ritual which, rather than encouraging good conduct, seemed to encourage sin, since grave wrongdoing could be pardoned at the cost of a few nominal acts of penitence. Moreover, although the priest was not supposed to reveal the secrets of the confessional, it is odd how weH informed Pere Silas and his friends are Religion 39 about Lucy Snowe' s doings, and no doubt Charlotte saw the confessional as a symptom of Catholic spying. And yet the confessional in particular and Catholicism in general did offer to Charlotte two comforts which she badly needed in her lonely year in Belgium and her still more lonely years after her sisters' deaths.

It is probably amistake to think of the juvenilia as a kind of apprenticeship in writing. Some of Emily' s early poetry shows some promise, but it was not until Charlotte abandoned Angria for the real world, and until both sisters went to Belgium that they became proper writers. More formal education came in lessons at horne and at Miss Wooler's school. Miss Branwell seems to have been a strict disciplinarian and, considering how little time the Brontes were at school, she would appear to have achieved considerable success.

Wesley was an ordained minister of the Church of England and was responsible more than any other man for that greater seriousness in religion with a strong emphasis on good works, upright behaviour and a belief in the Bible, which we have come to know as the Evangelical movement. This movement was dominant in the Church of England in the first quarter of the nineteenth century. Mr Bront(:! was an Evangelical and, in many ways, his daughters inherited his beliefs. Unfortunately Wesley was not content to remain within the confines of the Anglican Church, to which he had made such an important contribution, but instead, by ordaining his own ministers, he virtually founded aseparate religious sect, known as Wesleyans or Methodists.

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