Module A: Comparative Study of Texts and Context
Elective 1: Exploring connections
Connections between texts open up new meanings of texts. What is your view? Context changes due to audience, writers and time; though it still has the effect of influencing perspectives and creating/ reshaping meaning. Through the context, us as readers are able to establish an understanding of the time period, the writer and the purpose of the text. Through the exploration of both contexts relationships are established to enrich and illuminate connections on the unchanging nature and universality of certain values, ideas and language forms, also highlighting through implicit or explicit means relationships, writing and societal changes. Connections are made between the text that explore and develop new meanings. Thus considering the nature of connection between ‘Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen’ and ‘Letters to Alice on First Ready Jane Austen- Fay Weldon’ can elucidate one’s understanding and perception. Between these two texts there are many direct and explicit references that draw superficial connections, both are written by female composers, both deal with family relationships and issues of social standards, both explore the role of letters. However it is the implicit relationships that create deeper connections that hold a greater value effectively opening up and developing new meanings, through the characters and context. Marriage and relationships- the need for love and affection as well as wealth and security in order to bring happiness and fulfilment. The intrinsic need for deep and meaningful relationships is examined by both authors as well as for financial security in order to provide happiness and fulfilment. Austen heavily conveys her ideas of the importance of love and security in relationships in order to bring happiness- contradicting the attitudes of her time. The context at the time creates an understanding about what is read, this being that 18th century...
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