Essay Significance of Jane Austen

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Jane Austen is celebrated worldwide, her books have led to movies, television series, and those who admire her life; her talent allowed her to capture her readers with the themes, love, marriage, and expectations of 19th century women. On December 16th 1775, English literature changed with the birth of Jane Austen. One of eight; her father encouraged her to grow and prosper at a young age. She was closest with her only sister Cassandra. The Austen children were educated mainly at home, primarily through Jane’s father who used resources at Oxford University. The learning style may have been different from traditional education, but all members of the Austen family were involved, primarily through reading aloud. “There was also a great deal…show more content…
Despite her awareness of these expectations, Elizabeth Bennet is apprehensive when it comes to trusting Mr. Darcy, a potential love interest. Mr. Wickman gave Elizabeth the wrong impression of Darcy, causing her to reject his marriage proposal. “Elizabeth Bennet: a spirited and intelligent girl who represents ‘prejudice’ in her attitude toward Fitzwilliam Darcy, whom she dislikes because of his pride.” (Magill) In Sense and Sensibility, the Dashwood sisters are left to pick up the pieces after their father’s death. Their half-brother John was given the responsibility to care for them, but he moves them out of the house and gives them little money to live off of. Elinor views life in a more practical sense than her sisters, Marianne and Margaret. Elinor finds love a difficult concept to grasp and is somewhat uncertain. Elinor eventually marries Edward, even though he is engaged to Lucy. “Sense and Sensibility raised issues that were urgent to women in a format that was seen as non-confrontational. The novel presented women as an economic underclass who were nonetheless essential to the moral stability of Britain.”(Kelly) In her novels, Austen is able to provide a distinctive interpretation of the expectations of women. “Austen's fiction dwells exclusively on social relations among the landed gentry and rural professionals of her own social class.” (Gale) The story and timeline of her work contribute to the effect she has
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