The Importance of Houses in English Literature

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The importance of houses in English Literature begins to hold more relevance in the early 17th century and this trend continues into contemporary writings. When analyzing the significance of houses in Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey, “The Lake Isle of Innisfree” by W. B. Yeats, and Dracula by Bram Stoker, it confirms that houses have reached beyond their functional roles, and have developed characters such as, history, ideology, and mystery, which can foreshadow future occurances by illustrating the motivation and drive of the owner of the household. In Austen’s Northanger Abbey, the Tilneys’ house, Northanger Abbey, is used as a place to show-off the extent of the family’s wealth, as well as honor the passing of Mrs. Tilney. The Tilney family inherited a large amount of wealth, placing them in a high social class. General Tilney is a materialistic individual who enjoys showing the wealth of the Family. The outside of the home is described as a huge “luxuriant plantation, and was “rich in Gothic ornaments” 148. This description is what General Tilney wants and strives to hear. Once noticing the look of surprise and amazement on Catherines face upon arriving to Northanger Abbey, he was iddmediately “flattered” by her expression, and demanded Catherine to talk about how breath-taking the landscape was. 148 Northanger Abbey was designed and decorated to support General Tilney ego. If visiting people did not already know the about the Tilney’s wealth, the house was
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