Libraries and reading in Northanger Abbey & Pride and Prejudice

Mr Collins uses his library at Hunsford for ‘reading and writing, and looking out of the window in his own book-room, which fronted the road. The room in which the ladies sat was backwards’ (P&P, p. 117). The very deliberate positioning of his ‘book-room’ is emphasised by the ladies’ location at the back of the … Read more

Sense and Sensibility/Pride and Prejudice – Influence of Popular Culture

The dictionary defines pop culture as being “cultural activities or commercial products reflecting, suited to, or aimed at the tastes of the general masses of people.” Jane Austen wrote during the late 16th/ early 17th century. During this time, religion was particularly prevalent in societal beliefs as well as a rigid social hierarchy. Society has … Read more

Heterosexual relationships in Duffy and Austen’s work

In Austen’s novel, the character of Marianne is an example of a younger, naïve women in the regency era; ‘she was sensible and clever; but eager in everything’. Marianne was bought up in an upper-class family, so she had a higher education and was ‘clever’. However, the adjective ‘eager’ indicates Marianne’s sense of urgency to … Read more

Masculinity in Jane Austen’s Emma

The publication of Jane Austen’s Emma in December 1815 presented the following memorable statement: No, Emma, your amiable young man can be amiable only in French, not in English. He may be very ‘amiable,’ have very good manners, and be very agreeable; but he can have no English delicacy towards the feelings of other people: … Read more

Pride and Prejudice and The Importance of Being Earnest

Jane Austen’s novel Pride and Prejudice and Oscar Wilde’s play The Importance of Being Earnest, present opinions on society through irony, wordplay and characterization. The central themes of society that influence both texts include the significance of hierarchy and societal class, how love and courtship is either financially beneficial or true passion and how first … Read more

Narrative techniques in Pride & Prejudice/The Great Gatsby: heroism in the protagonists

Through analysing the narrative techniques used by Austen in Pride and Prejudice, and Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby we develop a true sense of heroism in the protagonists, Darcy and Gatsby. Jay Gatsby, the hero of The Great Gatsby is a mysterious representation of wealth and status living in West Egg, Long Island, in the … Read more

Jane Austen’s elevated form of diction reflects the time & decorum she appears to dislike

Jane Austen is an author noted for being ahead of her time in literature by shying away from the romanticism of the time and setting the stage for the realist movement. She uses concrete, polite language, oddly crafted sentences, characterization through their effect on others, and meaningful dialogue structure. All of these elements helped Austen … Read more