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Jane Austen

May 21, 2011

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Jane Austen

Memories of Jane Austen had an immediate and incalculable effect on the public’s perception of Jane Austen. It generated interest in the works of an author which, for half a century, had been read almost entirely by the literary elite and Austen’s Popularity increased dramatically.

Jane Austen ( 16 December 1775- 18 July 1817) was an English novelist whose realism, biting social commentary and masterful use of free indirect speech, burlesque and irony have earned her a place as one of the most widely read and best loved writers in English literature.

Austen lived her entire life as part of small and close –knit family located on the lower fringes of English gentry. She was educated primarily by her father and older brothers as well as through her own Reading. Austen’s artistic apprenticeship lasted from her teenage years until she was about thirty five years old. During this period, she wrote three major novels and began a fourth. From 1811, with release of Sense and Sensibility (1811), Pride and Prejudice (1813), Mansfield Park (1814) and Emma(1815), She achieved Success as Published writer. She wrote two additional novels, Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, both Published after her death in 1817.

Some of the Jane Austen’s Main character and their traits:

Fitzwilliam Darcy (Pride and Prejudices) is a fictional character and one of the two protagonists in Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice. He is an archetype of the aloof romantic hero, and a romantic interest of Elizabeth Bennet, the novel’s other protagonist. Darcy became the epitome as a true romantic hero seen as seemingly proud and cold.

Elizabeth Bennet ( Pride and Prejudice) She is generally considered one of Austen’s most popular and endearing heroines and one of the most popular female character in British literature. She is an intelligent young woman with ‘a lively, playful disposition, which delighted in any thing ridiculous’ depicted as being personally proud.

Elinor Dashwood ( Sense and Sensibility)– The nineteen year old heroine of Austen’s novel Sense and Sensibility, Elinor is composed but affectionate , both when she falls in love and when she comforts and supports her younger sister Marianne.

Emma Woodhouse( Emma) Is Jane Austen’s most unusual heroine being arrogant, self-willed and egotistical. Her interfering ways and habitual matchmaking are at both shocking and comic. She is ‘handsome, clever and rich’ and thinks too well of herself.

Catherine Morland (Northanger Abbey) A young girl who loves reading Gothi novels and is something of tomboy in her childhood, wrongly worried that she isn’t beautiful enough. She is a humble and modest character.


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