Branwell and the anti-hero

Thursday 13 June 2024

A Thursday Talk at the Brontë Parsonage Museum

A Thursday Talk at the Brontë Parsonage Museum

This talk will explore the impact of hero-worship on the Brontë family, which is especially visible in the juvenilia of Branwell and Charlotte. Through their early lessons from the Reverend Patrick Brontë, the Brontë children were led to support the great men of the Victorian period, like the Duke of Wellington.

As seen through early recollections from Charlotte these lessons greatly impacted the games and juvenilia of the Brontë children, with Charlotte naming her toy soldier after the Duke of Wellington. Branwell however did not adopt the same admiration and named his soldier after the anti-hero, Napoleon.

We’ll examine the impact of hero-worship on Branwell’s writing as an adolescent, seen through the early depictions of Napoleon within his juvenilia.
Date: Thursday 13 June, 2pm
Venue: Brontë Event Space at the Old School Room
Free with entry to the Museum and for residents in BD20, BD21 and BD22. No need to book.

Thursday Talks are delivered by our knowledgeable Museum staff.  
This event will take place at the Brontë Parsonage Museum in Haworth. Can't make it in person? No problem! We will be running an online version of this Thursday Talk the same day. Book for the online version of this event here.
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