Pride and Prejudice: What Constitutes an Accomplished Woman

Pride and Prejudice is largely a social commentary on the plight of women, especially poor, single women, in the Regency period. In Chapter Eight of Volume I of the novel, there is an extensive discussion on what it means to be an “accomplished woman”. The list entails everything from knowledge of the arts to manners … Continue reading Pride and Prejudice: What Constitutes an Accomplished Woman

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Sense and Sensibility: How Plot and Character Intertwine

Sense and Sensibility is my first venture into the world of Jane Austen’s novels, and I am not disappointed. Though quite lengthy and at times very slow paced (characteristic of 19th-century novels), Austen’s intricate writing style, satirical tone, and underlying wit make the novel a pleasure to read. What I have noticed about Austen’s writing … Continue reading Sense and Sensibility: How Plot and Character Intertwine