The Complex Life of Jane Austen

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Born on December 16, 1775, Austen was curious child given the luxury of an education even though it was unusual for the times. Her father was a part of the gentry class and raised a family of ten, but was not well off by any means (Grochowski). In all of her novels, Austen wrote as an observer; looking into the societal and political conflicts of the late 1700’s. Austen tried to mask her true identity for fear of public ridicule, but her true identity was revealed by her brother, Henry, after her death on July 18, 1817. Throughout her life experiencing the societal treatment of women, having a comprehensive “women’s” education, and growing up with an encouraging and trusting family greatly influenced Austen’s ability to write without boundaries During the late 1700’s, Great Britain, along with most of the world, was an example of a mainly masculine society. Austen grew up in a world where women were treated differently. Much of Sense and Sensibility, as well as Austen's other novels, is centered around the household and parlor life, and indeed she wrote on the subject of domestic l...
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