Essays About Jane Austen

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Analyse the following passage from Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice, discussing ways in which the narrative voice and dialogue are used.  In this passage Jane Austen uses narrative voice and different dialogic perspectives which affect the way the reader responds to the events and the characters being described. Some of the techniques Austen uses include direct narrative addressed to the reader, narrative focalisation, and free indirect speech. These different techniques allow varying levels of insight into different characters, ranging from seeing the in-depth thoughts and feelings of a character, to allowing the reader to view a character in conversation with others.  The passage begins with the omniscient narrator setting the scene for the reader, establishing that Elizabeth and Jane are conversing. This quickly shifts to using Jane as the focaliser, telling the reader her reaction to the news she is receiving from Elizabeth: ‘Jane listened with astonishment and concern; she knew not how to believe that Mr. Darcy could be so unworthy of Mr. Bingley’s regard’. This focalisation serves to encourage the reader to trust in what the narrator is saying, and to believe in the feelings of Jane. Austen also uses free indirect speech here, which tells the reader of Jane’s innocence and naivety in wanting to ‘think well of them both, to defend the conduct of each’.    In the second paragraph of the passage Austen introduces dialogue between Elizabeth and Jane, further enhancing Jane’s character and her wanting to believe in the goodness of all people: ‘They have both,’ said she, ‘been deceived, I dare say, in some way or other’. The dialogue continues, allowing Elizabeth to show the readers her own thoughts on what Mr. Wickham has told her the previous night. In the third paragraph Elizabeth adopts a sarcastic tone towards Jane, which modifies slightly the readers opinion of her, in that through the dialogue she is shown to be almost obnoxious in the dismissal of her sister’s opinion. The reader is able to see that Elizabeth’s judgement is determined by her own prejudice that derives from her first...

Successful Marriages in Jane Austens Pride and Prejudice as portrayed through Charles Bingley and Jane Bennet, as well as Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet and The Bennets and Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas as Unsuccessful Marriages. Essay

Throughout the ages marriage has been considered to be a sacred ritual between a man and a woman.   Whether or not the couple has a successful marriage is up to them, of course success is in the eye of the beholder.   While some might see a marriage as a disaster, other people might view it as a passable union. Before two hundred years ago marriages in society were mainly arranged by parents, or simply business arrangements.   Love was a commodity that was only allowed to the lower classes of society.   The lower classes had no need to unite families and businesses, or gain a large sum of money from a dowry.   People married according to class and did not dare to stray above, or below a certain degree, to do so was shameful. All of these arguments all have a basis in a couple’s motives when entering their union. In the following paragraphs all of these arguments will be explored as pertaining to certain couples in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Those couples being the following Charles Bingley and Jane Bennet as well as Fitzwilliam Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet, and the Bennets and Mr. Collins and Charlotte Lucas.    Each couple in Pride and Prejudice had a motive for marrying, whether or not that was the right reason remains to be seen.   Mr. and Mrs. Bennet met as young and hormonal adults in a repressed society.   “Her father, captivated by youth and beauty, and that appearance of good humour which youth and beauty generally give, had married a woman whose weak understanding and illiberal mind had very early in the marriage put an end to all real affection for her,...
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