Jane Austen• Born December 16, 1775 inHampshire, England• Profession: English novelist• Wrote 6 novels throughouther life as well as otherwritings• Her most famous novel is“Pride and Prejudice”• Was never married• Died July 18, 1817 at age 41
Conservatism• Jane Austen conveyed her approval of conservatism through hernovels.• A person’s social standing held a lot of weight in Austen’s day.• Social standing was easily tarnished through misconduct.• The slightest misconduct could tarnish a person’s reputation as well astheir family’s reputation.• When a person or persons were found to be morally unsuitable it wasnot taken lightly.• A lot of times a person was completely barred from certain circles insociety and in some cases all.
Self Control• A lot of Austen critics say that her works convey the need for self control.• This need is shown through a lack of discipline concerning the conduct of unmarriedmen and women.• A lot of Austen’s characters are overly flirtatious (Louisa, Lydia, Kitty, Mr. Crawford, MaryCrawford, Maria, etc.).• In Austen’s day this was seen as inappropriate behavior, especially in a public setting.• Austen addresses this by showing what a lack of self control as pertaining to flirtationand romance can lead to.• Mr. Crawford and Maria’s affair• Lydia and Mr. Wickham’s elopement
Right versus Wrong• As simple as this concept is it is one that is hard fought even to this day.• Throughout all of Austen’s writings there is a clear line drawn between right and wrong.• Most of Austen’s main characters are intelligent enough to know right from wrong andshe uses them to point out the moral, societal short comings of her day.• Topics she addresses in her novels include:• Slavery• Adultery• Drug addiction• Jealousy• Pride• Conceit
Values• The values Austen pushes in her book i. e. freedom, fidelity, self-discipline, devotion to family, respect for parents, adherence to societal lawsand standards, etc. are all values which are still highly regarded by today’swestern societies.• Austen’s purposes are still very applicable to modern society and people of allages and ethnicities.• Austen’s willingness to publish so openly about topics which in her day werestill very touchy is one of the reasons she is still so highly regarded as an author.• Jane Austen is by far one of the best writers of her time.
Works Cited• The jane austen society of north america. (2013). Retrieved from• http://www.jasna.org/info/about_austen.html