The Victorian era was the great age of the English novel—realistic, thickly plotted, crowded with characters, and long. It was the ideal form to describe contemporary life and to entertain the middle class. The intellectuals and artists of the age had to deal in some way with the upheavals in society, the obvious inequities of abundance for a few and squalor for many, and, emanating from the throne of Queen Victoria (1837–1901), an emphasis on public rectitude and moral propriety. Between the multitude of novelist of Victorian Age women took an important place as writers. Emily Brontë’s single novel Wuthering Heights (1847) is a unique masterpiece for the image of love and passion that gives and the unusual narrative structure.
1.4 Literature overview At the end of the nineteen century, was published a book, for the first time, concerning Jane Austen’s literary work. Exactly in 1890, the writer Godwin Smith gave for printing Life of Jane Austen, and from then he started a new era which values the author’s literary legacy, so others begun to write critics; thus, this moment marked the first step of the authorized criticism, focused on Austen’s writing style. In conformity with B.C. Southam Critical Heritage, the criticism attributed to Jane had increased after 1870 and became formal and organized. Therefore, “we see the novels praised for their elegance of form and their surface ‘finish’; for the realism of their fictional world, the variety and vitality of their characters;
Hence why women were forced to marry based on these concepts, there was a slim chance a woman could actually marry for love. Today’s marriages are more open; No matter the social class, race, or wealth a woman can marry whomever she pleases. The differences between contemporary marriage and traditional marriages will be compared through Austen’s Pride and Prejudice illustration of the nineteenth 2 century society and the roles of women and marriage and today’s perfect idea of marriage. Pride and Prejudice is a realistic novel because it is known as an early Victorian writing. Realism is a penchant of Victorian fiction to refer to the truthful representation of the
Victorian literature is a literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the success; of right over wrong. It happened to be in the Victorian era (1837–1901) that the novel became the leading classification in English. Women played an important part in this rising popularity both as authors as well as readers. Little Women is a novel by American author Louisa May Alcott (1832–1888), the title of the book was meant to highlight the inferiority of women as compared to men, or, alternatively, describe the lives of simple people, "unimportant" in the social sense.
Although feminism in literature began in early 1960’s, there were many writers who had been preparing for it since long. In English fiction the first few names that come to mind in that respect are Bronte sisters who gave much more power to the woman characters than known earlier. This aspect of their writing has not been explored fully by the critics and scholars. This paper is focused on the elements of feminism in their fiction which paved way for later generation authors and inspired them to present the women characters in more meaningful ways in their literary works. Key words: Feminism, Bronte Sisters, Victorian literature, Charlotte Bronte, Emily Bronte, Anne Bronte “This has always been man’s world”1 laments Simone de Beavouir.
Jane Austen’s Contribution to the Development of the English Novel: Jane Austen is considered as the greatest woman novelist of England of the early nineteenth century and one of the best of all novelists. F.R. Leavis gives her a sort of five – star rating by including her in “The Great Tradition”. Jane Austen is the English writer who first gave the novel its distinctly modern character through her treatment of ordinary people in everyday
Wuthering Heights is one of the most ultimate love story of all time. The book is written through the creative mind of Emily Bronte. What adds to its charm is its setting in Yorkshire, England during 1801. People assume that a book set at such a time will definitely have anti- feminist themes, but people are pleasantly surprised when they read this book. In all its length, women are presented as strong and equal contributors to society.
Some of the authors she came across were William Makepeace thackeray and Elizabeth Gaskell, who would become Bronte’s biographer. (Ryan 8). The lives of Charlotte Bronte and her sisters fascinated readers. One of the first biographies of Charlotte Bronte. The Life of Charlotte Bronte, by Elizabeth Gaskell, who also emphasized the work of Charlotte thru her
This thesis took dividing of Austen’s heroines into the two categories of wrong and right heroines into a consideration and focused on the category of the wrong (fallible) heroines Emma Woodhouse from Emma and Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice. Its aim was to analyse the actions of these fallible heroines with the main focus on the development of their characters and feelings. The first part of the thesis introduced Jane Austen as a significant author in literary history who contributed many novelties to literature. Jane Austen proved her great writing skills mainly in the way she described the development of her heroines’ feelings. Emma and Elizabeth are special among other heroines as Emma is able to examine her own state of thinking of being in love to the realization she is not, and Elizabeth shows her own introspection in the process of thinking and re-thinking.
An understanding of the importance given to class and social structures during the Georgian era is essential when analysing the socio-historical context in the works of esteemed female author, Jane Austen. Her inherent distinction of class is said to be the main source of much of the comedy and irony that is present throughout her works. Society in England during Austen’s era was highly centred around the social lives of the landed gentry and this is thematised in many of her novels. The role of the author is to give existence to a certain social or political position within the narrative of any given text. Austen as an author focused solely on depicting the social lives of the upper middle class in Britain at the time.