The Presentation of the Theme of Change Is What Draws the Reader in
The theme of change is used by writers to draw a reader in. Through the use of narrative techniques such as narrative structure and voice, use of speech, symbols and motifs the writer is able to develop this theme of change. In Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen uses authorial voice, free indirect style and third person narrative to create a sense of change. Change in the way characters feel or act, change in their attitudes and changes in setting all contribute to keeping the reader engaged. In The Yellow Wallpaper Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses journal form to create a sense of voice allowing the reader to explore the theme of change and hooking the reader in.
Jane Austen uses dialogue to show us the change in Darcy’s feelings towards Elizabeth.
“Which do you mean?” and turning round, he looked for a moment at Elizabeth, till catching her eye, he withdrew his own and coldly said, “She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.”
This dialogue shows Darcy’s initial feelings towards Elizabeth when Mr Bingley suggests Darcy dances with Elizabeth. Darcy sees Elizabeth as inferior and haughtily refuses to dance with her and he exclaims this while Elizabeth is present. However his dialogue later on with Miss Bingley indicates a change in these feelings.
”I have been meditating on the very great pleasure which a pair of fine eyes in the face of a pretty woman can bestow.” Elizabeth’s eyes become a symbol of Darcy’s affection, being repeatedly mentioned throughout the novel ‘the beautiful expression of her dark eyes’ had now made Elizabeth an object of