|Plot Summary of The Life of Charlotte Bronte|
|" Mrs. Gaskell's book is the first biography written of Charlotte Bronte. Having the advantage of knowing the author and the problems facing a woman writer in the 19th century, Mrs. Gaskell painted the picture of a benevolent homebody who seems to have written in her spare time. She spends a lot of time describing the isolated Yorkshire moors where Charlotte grew up and the effects of the dominating human males in her family and their melancholy dispositions. She also talks about Charlotte's work habits.
When Charlotte became more well known, after the publication of Jane Eyre, Mrs. Gaskell underemphasizes her agressiveness and drive as these are qualities inappropriate for a 19th century woman. The book is important because it gives a contemporary's view of what Charlotte Bronte was like."
Jack Goodstein, Resident Scholar
|Review Analysis of The Life of Charlotte Bronte|
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Period of greatest activity?
Subject of Biography
Biography of famous person?
How sensitive is this person?
- sensitive to others' feelings
Sense of humor
- Mostly serious with occasional humor
- Smarter than most other people
How much descriptions of surroundings?
- 6 ()
- 19th century
- mostly 3rd
Accounts of torture and death?
- generic/vague references to death/punishment
Writer's slant towards subject:
- very favorable
Story of entire life, or part?
- story of nearly entire life
If this is a kid's book:
- Age 16-Adult
- More 6-10 B&W
How much dialogue in bio?
- little dialog
How much of bio focuses on most famous period of life?
- 0-25% of book
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