There are several problems with having a first person narrator. The narrator must know everything that is happening throughout the story. If As For Me and My House were to be told in the third person, or from the points of view of a number of different characters, it would be a completely different novel. Some other drawbacks to having a first person narrator are that often times the narrator brings his or her biases into the story and will often leave out certain details. Stories written in first person narration are often too limited unless the author is clever.
Jane Austen’s Nothanger Abbey is a unique work unlike many other early 19th century novels. It is clear the author was aware of her audience and it can be argued that Austen had, in a sense, created a new breed of character within a new breed of novel. Catherine Morland, through her coming of age tale, is a completely believable and realistic character, challenging the way readers typically related to the characters in their novels. Throughout her journey, Catherine experiences excitements, disappointments and even struggles that avid readers, such as her, can easily relate to. Jane Austen strategically employs the use of various narrative techniques throughout her work, which also allow the reader to grasp greater insight into the mind of their heroine; they begin to become familiar with Catherine and even develop a relationship with and an attachment for her.
The crimes in Braddon’s novel are concealed and secret. Like the crimes committed by respected doctors and trusted ladies, the crimes in Lady Audley’s Secret shock because of their unexpectedness. Crime in the melodrama of the fifties and sixties is chilling, because of the implication that dishonesty and violence surround innocent people. A veneer of virtue coats ambitious conniving at respectability. Lady Audley’s Secret concludes with a triumph of good over evil, but at the same time suggests unsettlingly that this victory occurs so satisfyingly only in melodramas (Kalikoff, 9... ... middle of paper ... ...r with seemingly no real purpose in the novel turns out to be the key to unlocking the whole plot.
Not only did she include it, but she “wrote some of the most natural and real-seeming conversations in literature.” (Sutherland, Jane Austen’s Social Realism and the Novel). Jane wrote her heroines to be realistic, average, everyday people to appeal to the modern day world. Her protagonists were most always “strong and firm in their determinations.” Instead of seeing heroes as unrealistic images portrayed in Gothic novels, she made a hero that wasn’t necessarily obvious. This appealed to most everyone in the century and no longer portrayed women as shallow, but as deep, strong characters that have emotions and needs just like everyone else (Christine 2012, Writer
Jane Austen is a master of the delicate romance. She writes of the repressed feelings of her heroines, the discomfort and obstacles of their situation, the lack of self-awareness and a slow progression to a romantic and happy ending. The honest and heart strong Marianne Dashwood, in Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility goes entirely against the mold of more conventional Austen heroines, such as Elinor Dashwood or Anne Elliott. Marianne is scrutinized for her selfishness, lack of propriety, and immaturity, but these accusations glance merely at the surface. Upon deeper analysis of Marianne’s character, she is revealed to be a modern young woman with a strict yet evolving code, which guides her actions through sensibility, intellect and independence of spirit.
(The Bell Jar, p.296). Conversely, the title of "The Handmaid's Tale" is straightforward which gives an initiative to the reader that it is a story of a handmaid struggling to survive in the midst of the cruelty. From the literary analysis of the novels it is evident that, both stories have similar themes and both authors used female characters to convey their feelings about feminist issues, especially in terms of loneliness and isolation. However, there are many diversities between these two stories, especially in terms of structure and style. In a nutshell, "The Bell Jar" and "The Handmaid's tale", are indeed, literary gems in the field of feminist literature that would definitely satisfy the literary thirst of their aspiring readers.
Austen's Use of the Character of Mr Collins in Pride and Prejudice Works Cited Missing Jane Austen portrays the characters in many different ways. There is a wide range of backgrounds and personalities of the people within the novel and also a wide range of character development. The use of flat characters in Pride and Prejudice is mainly to show consequences of having a flat, undeveloped personality such as leading a dull and boring life, being miserable throughout marriage, not getting what is desired from life, and being a social outcast. Jane Austen's use of flat characters is very important in Pride and Prejudice. There is a similarity to modern life (20th century) with the use of flat characters in this 19th century novel.
‘Indian women Novelists in English are proving to be a singular phenomenon in today’s modern times. Their unique genius, as reflected in their novels, has provided insightful understanding of women’s psyche. The reader is kept abreast of all the intricate thoughts and views of today’s women. Thus the writing of these novelists enjoy a significant and central place in women’s lives.1 The stereotyped representations of women have been emphatically rejected by the contemporary women novelists. The repressive society has taught a woman to be culturally silent, and thus this act of writing is for her essentially an act of breaking her silence.
On this way the issues of women sensuality and sexuality taken up by the author implies rejection of prudery associated with them. At the same tone one cannot overlook the fact that the author has a very balanced approach. She is meticulous about the socio- cultural milieu of the society for which she writes. The love story of Devayani has no future and she was fully conscions of it from the very beginning. This however, never belittles the sorrow which feels on betrayal.