Love and Marriage: Pride and Prejudice Just like in every novel of hers, Jane Austen takes the theme of love and marriage as the main theme in her novel, Pride and Prejudice. Her main concern is the issue of achieving a utopian marriage because it is the upmost among personal relations, mainly in the 19th century. This novel in particular is full of a variety of marriages in which Jane Austen sought to define the good reasons that lie behind marriages as well as the bad ones. According to this novel, the main concern of young women in the early 19th century was how to find the right man and how to attain a decent life with him. In Pride and Prejudice, a reader may pass by different couples.
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;
Actually, in 1853, Jacobs has begun to write her life story in the form of letters until she has been able, with the help of her antislavery friends, to publish her Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl in 1860. By this novel, Jacobs has become the first woman to write a slave narrative in which she addresses the white women of the North to sympathize with slave mothers of the South. Finally, Jacobs died in Washington on March 7, 1897. Harriet Jacobs opens her novel with an introduction in which she clarifies her aim why she has written this autobiography by stating “I do earnestly desire to arouse the women of the North to a realizing sense of the condition of two millions of women at the South, still in bondage, suffering what I suffered, and most of them far worse”. Jacobs uses the pseudonym Linda Brent to narrate her story as well as giving all the characters names rather than their real names.
That in return turns into resentment within the mother daughter relationship. In a study performed by Akm Aminur Rashid that was published in the Journal Of Humanities And Social Science states Mrs. Woo “places unreasonable expectations on the shoulders of her young tender daughter. While the mother may not exactly know where her daughter’s prodigal talents lie, she is nevertheless adamant that her daughter is destined for greatness, by virtue of having been born in America” (Matondang, A. Yakub, and Dja’Far Siddik, IOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Science, Www.iosrjournals.org). Although, Tan’s story is set 29 years ago, this issue of elevated expectations and cultural differences still remains today.
All her letters contained life stories about our lineage and history, and, at the bottom of each letter - beneath the loops of her signature - was a quote. “You must only speak if you are certain that you can improve on the silence.” I remember looking down at the letter and thinking about how profound that quote had seemed. However; at the age of fifteen I don’t think I fully understood how powerful her words truly were. But, I’m also not entirely sure if in fact she had written it for me knowing at that age it would not be easy to comprehend. Instead, I feel my grandmother’s intention was to leave something that would resonate with me until I could finally relate to her words.
Book Review of Blumenthal, Karen. Steve Jobs: the Man Who Thought Different: a Biography. (Feiwel and Friends, 2012). Karen Blumenthal, once a financial journalist for The Wall Street Journal and a Duke University graduate, married Scott McCartney with whom she had two daughters whilst living in Dallas. According to her website, Blumenthal became a children’s writer after witnessing her daughters struggle to find decent nonfiction literary material, “I decided to try my hand at writing for young people, combining my interest in storytelling with the journalist’s practice of telling complicated stories in a clear way.” The author went on to write various biographies of fundamental characters in American culture such as Hillary Rodham Clinton: A Woman Living History, Tommy: The Gun That Changed America, and perhaps her most popular work to date, Steve Jobs: the Man Who Thought Different.
In the twenty-first century, society has evolved past some of these stereotypical roles, both sexes can work, own property and remain single. Women are no longer considered “old maids”, if they have chosen to remain unwed. Has society really evolved decades later? Know longer judging the sexes based on their marital status and the choices they have made? The author Jane Austen is considered a 19th century feminist, her story characters remain feminine in nature; however maintain a strong independent role model in some of her written works.
Although he was considered as the Father of American short story. But this is a little bit disputed matter since Edgar Alan Poe was also considered as the Father of American short story, but sometimes this saying was corrected as Poe is a Father of modern American short story. If consider Poe and Irving lived and wrote at the same period, the correction made by adding the word “modern” doesn’t make any sense. Concerning the identification of the real Father of American short story raised several disputes. Comparison studies started to compare the similarities and differences of writing styles of both Washington Irving and Edgar Alan Poe.
One famous instance is Mary Wollstonecraft, who had a child out of wedlock and did not marry the father. Mary was self-educated and supported herself by writing fiction, non-fiction and translating literary works. But what truly makes her stand out was her 18th century book on the rights of women which she stated rights and liberties pertained to everyone, men and women. Another woman who vocal about women’s rights was Abigail Adams who did not hold back any when it came to expressing herself to her husband John Adams. Abigail implored to her husband as he was drafting the Declaration of Independence to not forget women who were a part of the new world and deserved a voice.
However, when considering that this story was written in the 18th century- when women were viewed as being weak and fragile, greater care was likely taken because she was female. Furthermore, even though the story tells of her husband’s friend Richard being the person who initially learned of her husbands’ death, “It was her sister Josephine who told her” (pp 236). Yet another symbolistic idea of a pre-feministic world. The basic idea was that women were so very