Jane Austen And Women Character Analysis

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Jane Austen excels in character – portrayal, particularly in the delineation of women characters in her novels. It has generally been held that Jane Austen is more successful in her delineation of women than of men in her novels. Jane Austen might feel diffident while dealing with male characters and might be guilty of a false stroke or two while portraying them. But she is hardly to be matched in the presentation of her women. No less a literary historian than Louis Cazamian has expressed the view that Jane Austen’s studies of women are more searching and more life – like than those of men. Cazamian also says that Jane Austen has delineated the human character from the inside with the full and finished touch of the great masters, and that…show more content…
Aim and Scope: The aim of the present study is to examine the portrayal of women in the novels of Jane Austen. The present student proposes to undertake a study of one major novel of Jane Austen, namely Emma with a view to examining the portrayal of women in this…show more content…
It was the first of her novels to be published in 1811. First Impressions, later revised and recast as Pride and Prejudice was written in 1796 – 97 and published in 1813. Northanger Abbey was written in 1797 – 98 as “Susan”. During the period 1811 – 16 she wrote three more novels – Mansfield Park in 17811 – 13 and was published in 1814, Emma in 1814 – 15 and appeared in December 1815 and Persuasion in 1815 – 16. All the novels except Northanger Abbey and Persuasion which appeared in 1817 were published anonymously. In January 1817, she began writing her last novel Sandition which remained unfinished owing to her declining health. She died on July 18, 1817 at Winchester, Hampshire, as quietly and serenely as she had lived. 1.3. 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
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