Jane Austen:Power to the People<br />Presentation by Fiona Ebbertt<br />
The Presentation<br />This presentation briefly discusses Jane Austen’s use of stories to relate the world in which she lived: a world so different from modern day that can reveal so much of how past societies valued their members. Her novels express the beauty of a woman’s power within confines, as opposed to without confines as is seen today.<br />
Her Works<br />Pride and Prejudice<br />Sense and Sensibility<br />Mansfield Park<br />Emma<br />Northanger Abbey<br />Persuasion<br />Lady Susan<br />
Exemplary Heroines<br />Elizabeth Bennet<br />A lowly noble who through her own devices, wisdom, and prowess finds love and happiness attached to monetary stability<br />Emma<br />Rich and gentile, Emma expresses that her youth and ignorance can be grown above without permanent effect and she achieves her dreams.<br />Elinor and Marianne<br />Two ladies of gentility thrown into a world of almost seclusion whom, through the quiet of their new world, discover themselves and thus conquer their surroundings.<br />
Of Jane Austen:<br />“One may say that her fiction was mainly concerned with a depiction of women as liberal and self – confident characters in a social context with strict moral and social codes of behaviour.” (Güney and Yavuz)<br />“Contemporary women who, dissatisfied and over-worked, become obsessed with the cozy world Austen paints.” (George)<br />
More Said of Jane<br />“Were she alive today, Jane Austen would be astonished to see that she is now more popular than she was during and after the years she wrote her great novels.” (Carrigan)<br />“Jane Austen’s main concerns were those of universal fascination today- love and money.” (Booss)<br />
Summary<br />Jane Austen strives to portray the society she knew, a world that is now viewed as dominated by the masculine component. She dedicates her stories to the strength of women and the ability they have to sway entire futures. Her works are beloved to this day for their romance, their truth, and their strength, depicting how a woman’s strength is from within.<br />
Works Cited<br />Austen, Jane. Emma. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1981.<br />Austen, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1981.<br />Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1981.<br />Booss, Claire. Jane Austen: The Complete Novels. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc, 1981.<br />Carrigan, Henry L Jr. "Jane Austen/Becoming Jane Austen." Library Journal (2003): 90.<br />George, Lianne. "THE OPPOSITE OF SEX: Why we're obsessed with Jane Austen and Regency-era romance." Maclean's (2007): 35.<br />Güney, Ajda and MehmetErtuğYavuz. "THE NINETEENTH CENTURY LITERATURE AND FEMINIST MOTIVES IN JANE AUSTEN'S NOVELS." e-Journal of New World Sciences Academy (NWSA) (2008): 523-531.<br />Speirs, Logan. "Jane Austen: Women, Politics, and the Novel/Between Self and World: The Novels of Jane Austen." Modern Language Review Jul 1990: 701-702.<br />
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