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Literary realism is a branch of literature which set out to reflect society as it was, to get as close to the bone of real life as it could. It often depicts more humble or banal events than...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012 10:49 pm UTC

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As a novelist, Austen vehemently defended the new genre of the novel, which was constantly under fire as being a corrupting influence, especially to young women. Her most famous literary defense...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2018 12:09 pm UTC

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One of the most important themes in Jane Austen's writings is society and a woman's place in it. To deliver this theme she uses satire to get her female readers (and her male ones) to see...

Latest answer posted February 1, 2010 7:31 pm UTC

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Style refers to the way in which the poem is written, the techniques the author uses in the poem, and how the way it's written affects the meaning of the poem (at the theme or content level). This...

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"On Making an Agreeable Marriage" is a title that has been appended to some of Austen's writings to her niece Fanny on the subject of the latter's marital affairs. In a letter dated November 18,...

Latest answer posted May 21, 2018 8:28 am UTC

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The term syntax comes from a Greek word meaning "arrangement together." Essentially, syntax refers to the rules by which sentences are constructed (regarding specific languages). For example, in...

Latest answer posted August 13, 2013 12:52 am UTC

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The reason that Jane Austen's novels have been popular for over 200 years, even though the world she lived in no longer exists, is that Austen has the ability to get into the psyche of her...

Latest answer posted March 17, 2020 12:50 am UTC

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When we think of Romanticism in terms of literature, we typically think of the British Romantic poets like Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, and Shelley. These writers published their poetry in the...

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It is always a temptation to deconstruct literature and in so doing, see it from our modern perspective. Over the years, critics and literary analysts have examined Austen's work for minute clues...

Latest answer posted August 27, 2012 10:19 pm UTC

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Austen is famous for her use of irony and satire. Irony comes in several forms: When people say the opposite of what they mean, this is verbal irony. When situations turn out to be the opposite of...

Latest answer posted July 19, 2019 6:43 pm UTC

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The realist novel was basically a new concept during the 19th century. Prior to realistic novels, most literature consisted on stories about historical heroes, myths, or chivalric love. Surely it...

Latest answer posted November 24, 2010 11:22 pm UTC

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Jane Austen’s work is far more closely affiliated with the long eighteenth century tradition of neo-classicism than with the Gothic or the gothic-influenced romantic writers such as the Brontë...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2012 4:07 am UTC

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Which of your characters do you see as most like you? Even though there are a lot of similarities, there are differences as well. Not just the female characters; there are a lot of men in your...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2009 6:25 pm UTC

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Austen understood the connection between marriage and money in her novels, and while all of her heroines marry for love, none of them are foolish enough to marry for love without a secure and...

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Jane Austen lived and wrote during an age when women’s roles in society continued – as would be the case for many more decades – to be constrained by antiquated notions of gender inequality, a...

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It is certainly true that Jane Austen seldom presents her gentlemen talking amongst themselves with no lady present, and when she does so, their conversations do not last long. She is particularly...

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In Literary Women 1976, (67), 71 Ellen Moers writes the following interesting observation about Jane Austen's works All of Jane Austen's opening paragraphs, and the best of her first sentences,...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2012 2:23 pm UTC

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I believe that Jane Austen would have been influenced by Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1787). This would probably most especially been the case with Wollstonecraft's authorship of A Vindication of the...

Latest answer posted December 1, 2010 1:54 am UTC

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Jane Austen's picture of humanity did include virtue, sense, and taste. If she is a portrait of her writings, she held high standards on morality, sense, and good taste. Through her writings, women...

Latest answer posted July 14, 2010 8:35 am UTC

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The meaning of this quote can be found in the difference of meaning in "less flexible" versus "less relaxed." To say that Jane Austen's attitude to morality was "not less flexible, but is was less...

Latest answer posted July 9, 2010 7:37 am UTC

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Jane Austen used contrasting qualities, or what is sometimes called "complex characterization" to create one of the most delightful characters in literature, Elizabeth Bennet, heroine of her...

Latest answer posted August 31, 2012 10:45 pm UTC

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In her novels, Jane Austen often pokes fun at the class-based system that dominated English society in her day. Writing around the turn of the nineteenth century, Austen was a keen observer and...

Latest answer posted October 1, 2020 5:35 am UTC

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While we can't know for sure, I would say it is highly likely that Jane Austen read and was influenced by Mary Wollstonecraft. For evidence of that, I would point the reader to Miriam Ascarelli's...

Latest answer posted January 21, 2018 4:19 pm UTC

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In both Jane Austen's Emma and Pride and Prejudice, concerns regarding ethical treatment of people from lower economic classes emerge. For instance, after Lizzy rejects Darcy’s proposal, she visits...

Latest answer posted January 1, 2020 1:52 pm UTC

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Passive-aggressive people don't directly say what they need. They don't tell you what they are angry about or resistant to. Instead, they withhold their feelings and radiate hostility in indirect...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 4:23 am UTC

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Very interesting question. The answer relates to the didactic purpose of those novels, or what Austen is trying to teach us or show us through the characters and action in those novels. Obviously...

Latest answer posted June 13, 2010 3:01 am UTC

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I know Jane Austen's novels well and yet find myself flummoxed over identifying "a mishap at dinner over seating arrangements." What comes to mind, however, is Lydia's arrival home in Pride and...

Latest answer posted March 2, 2016 2:48 am UTC

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I would not claim that Jane Austen rushes the endings of her novels. In fact, one criticism of Austen's work is that they accomplish relatively little—so much of the action of the works is...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 1:16 pm UTC

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Gothic literature often makes use of supernatural—particularly the horrific side of the supernatural. Northanger Abbey is a wonderful example of how Austen utilizes the full scope of Gothic...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019 5:10 pm UTC

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One seemingly consistent theme in Austen's novels is the level of integrity portrayed in female characters. The young protagonist/heroines (such as Lizzie in Pride and Prejudice or Anne in...

Latest answer posted July 23, 2015 4:57 pm UTC

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There are various types of Jane Austen fans, or Janeites. The Merriam-Webster dictionary describes the term Janeite as “an enthusiastic admirer of Jane Austen's writings.” There are those who read...

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I'm not certain your language correctly describes the operation of Austen's verbal irony. You say, in paraphrase, her ironic attitude differs from the attitude of her statement: e.g., the statement...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2012 7:09 pm UTC

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I would compare the marraiges of the heroines to the other married couples in the novels. So in the case of P&P Conventional couples would be Charlotte and Mr Collins and the Hursts. Their...

Latest answer posted June 8, 2012 10:42 pm UTC

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This is a great question that shows a sophisticated understanding of the kind of thinking behind Jane Austen's novels. In her Vindication of the Rights of Women, Mary Wollstonecraft argues that...

Latest answer posted June 15, 2019 6:58 pm UTC

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In an academic Thesis paper Abstract, the last portion explains what results you found and what your results mean, which includes your Conclusion. Assuming that you have done enough research to...

Latest answer posted March 7, 2010 7:14 am UTC

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Wealth and security is certainly a big part of of Jane Austen's times. When I think of Libya, I think of Islam and women dressed in veils to cover their faces. This made me think of dress codes...

Latest answer posted June 11, 2012 2:59 pm UTC

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I haven't seen it yet, but plan to soon. Jane Austen is one of my favorite authors! Thanks for sharing.

Latest answer posted March 24, 2008 8:12 am UTC

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The women in Jane Austen's novels are often members of the upper class whose freedoms are limited by their social status. For example, neither Elinor Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility nor Elizabeth...

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The social status of characters in Jane Austen's novels is represented principally by their income and more importantly by their dwelling place. The fortune of a man is given as an annual income....

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Jane Austen's novels are narrated from an omniscient third-person perspective. The narrator is not a character in the novel but sees everything her characters say and do from a godlike...

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The basic philosophies that are common to all heroines in Jane Austen's novels can be summarized in a number of axioms characterized by basic rights that Austen bestows upon her main characters: 1....

Latest answer posted May 14, 2011 2:53 am UTC

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The theory that Jane Austen can be read as a moralist was put forth in The Oxford Review by Peter Smith, Ph.D., of Cambridge University, in 1966. He posits that there is ample evidence in her...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2013 7:52 pm UTC

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Not a great deal is known of Jane Austen's personal life. She was born in 1775 and died of a lingering illness in 1817 at the age of 41. Her father was a member of the gentry, and served as Rector...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2015 6:56 am UTC

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In both these great novels by Jane Austen, I would argue that the female characters are driven by a desire for love and financial security. Sexual desire is not expressed, nor is it a driving...

Latest answer posted March 12, 2019 8:04 pm UTC

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This is an interesting question, as most often we trace Austen's influence on other British writers, such as George Eliot, who was influenced by her realism. The American writer who first comes to...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2017 10:10 am UTC

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