Jane Austen Research Paper

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Jane Austen “The person, be it gentleman or lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”
-Jane Austen, Northanger Abbey
Austen’s novels are unforgettable romance Jane Austen wrote timeless romance novels, despite her lack of a personal love life. cared for by many relatives, friends, and fans (Klackle).
Jane Austen wrote romance novels, many of which were made into movies. She is best known for her book Pride & Prejudice, published on January 28, 1813. Pride & Prejudice is a book about a love affair between two characters, named Elizabeth Bennett and Mr. Darcy. The main character Elizabeth’s older sister Jane falls in love with Mr. Darcy’s friend, Mr. Bingley. In the end, Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth …show more content…

“I am almost afraid to tell you how my Irish friend (Tom Lefroy) and I behaved. Imagine to yourself everything most profligate and shocking in the way of dancing and sitting down together” (Letters, January 9-10, 1796, 1). It seems that it was an act of fate that Tom happened to be visiting and attended a friend’s house party, where he first met Austen. It is possible that Jane based her famous character Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet on herself and Tom, so if they had not met, her novel Pride and Prejudice may never have been written. Sadly, nothing became of Austen and Lefroy’s short lived love affair. Not too much later, Harris Bigg Wither, a friend of Austen's, unexpectedly proposed to her, and she initially accepted (Ray & Mazzeno, 2011). She then put herself in a very awkward situation the next morning, by rejecting Bigg Wither’s proposal. She would later write that to marry without attraction is not something to be endured. Most likely, she initially accepted Bigg Wither’s proposal because he would inherit his father's estate, and she would want to provide her family with company and a beautiful home. Jane’s life may not have been a perfect love story like the characters of her books, but she was loved …show more content…

“First and foremost let Austen be named, the greatest artist that has ever written, using the term to signify the most perfect mastery over the means to her end,” says Sweeten. Jane Austen had a creative approach to her love stories that make her stories Pride & Prejudice and Sense & Sensibility are still popular reads to this day because of that. Her habit of putting passion over reason is why her romance novels are so popular according to Sweeten. Austen explores the same question of the power of love with varying approaches in all of her books and yet still comes up with the same answer everytime

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