Jane Austen And The Golden Mean

2893 Words Mar 8th, 2015 12 Pages
Camila Hernandez
Mrs. Izquierdo
English 10 Per.3
26 February 2015
Jane Austen and The Golden Mean One of the most famous authors of the Regency period, Jane Austen, the novelist whom wrote Sense and Sensibility and many other novels, made a splash in the literature world for women. Being a woman was very difficult during the Regency period and women were not treated as equals to men. In the novel, Sense and Sensibility, Jane Austen shows the strength of women and how even when all the odds are against them hope still exists. Austen demonstrates how the role of women is vital even though it is not always perceived that way by society. In this novel Austen distinguishes between Sense and Sensibility by demonstrating the use of the Golden Mean. The idea proposed by a poem written by Horace basically states that that too much of anything can be a bad thing. Success in life is all about staying between luxuriance and insufficiency. Through the “Golden Mean” Austen teaches the meaning of life. Austen continues to surprise the readers with her beautiful lessons about life and what it means to be a woman. In this novel Austen shows that life is easier to live when people stay between two extremes or live in the “Golden Mean.”
Jane Austen was born on December 16, 1775, in Stevenson, Hampshire, in a very small community in the country side of southern England (DISCovering Authors). Jane Austen had seven other siblings, one being her sister Cassandra Austen who was the closest to…

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