Marriage And Love In Mary Poovey's The True English Style

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Mary Poovey’s “The True English Style”

Mary Poovey’s “The True English Style” is an easy to follow analysis of the themes and philosophical difference between marriage and love, particularly in the Regency era, from Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Immediately Poovey states her thesis which does away with a presentism reading and discusses social/moral issues in the era of Jane Austen also known as the Regency era. Poovey has a conversational element to her writing, which makes her more complex ideas easier to digest in comparison to a more formal structure which would damage the essays efficiency to communicate. That said, even though her thesis is clean and comprehensible it never exclaims that she will be using Emma and her confrontations with characters as a conduit for her argument. Poovey exhibits a nice pace in her essay by following up her thesis with an immediate example, breaking down Emma Woodhouse’s view on marriage and love. Poovey states that Emma’s reluctant nature to marry is her awareness that based off her current social status marriage couldn’t give her anything she already has but instead deduct it. Poovey backs up her claim with a credible example from the novel, which has Emma voicing such an opinion, “’ I believe few married women are half as much mistress of their husband’s houses as I am of Hartfield,’ she tells Harriet, ‘and never, never could I expect to be so truly beloved and important; so always first and always right in any man’s eyes as I am in
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