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.
For readers who observe literature through a feminist lens, they will notice the depiction of female characters, and this makes a large statement on the author’s perception of feminism. Through portraying these women as specific female archetypes, the author creates sense of what roles women play in both their families and in society. In books such as The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the roles that the main female characters play are, in different instances, both comparable and dissimilar. In typical families of the early to mid 1900s, and even now in many cases, the man held the position of the leader, and the expected role of women was to cook, clean, and follow the orders of their husbands. This can be seen in the very first chapter of The Grapes of Wrath when Steinbeck writes, “And the women came out of the housed to stand beside their men-to feel whether this time the men would break…women and children knew deep in themselves that no misfortune was too great to bear if their men were whole”.
Jane Austen’s Influence on Literature “A large income is the best recipe for happiness I ever heard of.” This was one of many austere comments made by Jane Austen in her book Mansfield Park. It was this radical way of writing that captured the attention of readers from all over, and made a lasting impression on scholars, critics, and readers for centuries. Austen tremendously impacted the world of literature by introducing a new style of writing, using new literary devices to describe her daily life, and continuing to remain current throughout the centuries. Jane Austen was one of the first writers to introduce an entirely new style of writing. Before Austen wrote her novels, the writing was unrealistic, dismissable and unrelatable.
Marika Cabay British Literature Ms. Martina Diaz April 6, 2014 Sense and Sensibility By: Jane Austen Some novels written back then from authors have made huge impacts on authors today. The novel “Sense and Sensibility” is an astounding story that was able to enhance their readers point of view towards love, greed, and most importantly family. The novel presents the audience with extraordinary characters that created an experience of something similar to today’s society. Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775 in Stevenson, England. Where her family was close and her parents were well respected community members.
Jane Austen, author of the novel Persuasion, is often regarded as the first respectable, prominent female writer of the English language. Unlike typical literature of the nineteenth century, the themes of Austen’s novels fixate on the struggles of being a young woman in England. Literary critics Stefanie Markovits and Kate Nesbit analyze the themes of femininity and marriage in the lives of nineteenth century English women throughout Persuasion. Stefanie Markovits explores marital themes through her piece, Jane Austen and the Happy Fall. Markovits argues that the recurring theme in Austen’s literary work is the search for happiness by way of marriage.
Women, for decades, have strove for complete equality with men. This fight is not a new fight, it is a fight that started long ago and is still going today. Many times when we think of the life of women in the past we draw to the Victorian age, an age with great female writers, like the Bronte sisters. Charlotte Bronte, author of many great works, served as a critic and wrote many satire of society and the treatment of women in the Victorian era. The story of Jane Eyre is a bidungsroman, or a coming of age story.
Emma contains the exact essence of an authoritative female. Austen manifested her feelings toward the future of her novels into the heroines in each story. In this instance, the heroine is Emma, hence the name of the novel. It only makes sense that she is given more depth than the rest of the characters. Upon writing the book, Austen said that she would be inventing a character that only she would like.
Throughout the history of literature there have been many connections made between writers and their reoccurring styles of writing found in each of their literary works. Jane Austen is only one example of this type of author who exemplifies a style of repetition by using repetitious themes. Theme is a very important literary element in any piece of literature. Themes teach the reader a life lesson, often times lending advice or a point of view. In Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, she uses themes which can also be found in other pieces of literature written by Austen.
Austen is able to comment on the injustices within society through Elizabeth’s stance on the issue of her gender role in marriage, the indifference between herself and her male counterparts, and the juxtaposition between herself and Charlotte Lucus During the novel Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Bennet pressures her daughters to follow the societal normality by finding a husband that would secure a future. Her whole pursuit in the novel is to see her daughters married in return for a higher social positioning. Marriage and the Social Class are all important values that are deeply rooted in Elizabeth’s mother. She takes on the role of a matchmaker figure, attempting to pair up her daughters. Unlike Elizabeth, Mrs. Bennet serves as a constant reminder of the importance of wealth and prosperity during this time.
Jane Austen was an exceptional English author of romantic fiction novels. However, it was not until after Jane’s lifetime that she was well acknowledged as a writer. Jane grew up with a large family whom she was very close to. She was inspired by her family greatly, and because of this wrote about situations relatable to everyday life. She was also a very innovative author; she helped to shape new ways of writing in her works.