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Chapter 35 essay on Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice".

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AS English Literature How does Austen tell the story in Chapter 35? (20 marks) Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen is a well written and respected novel. Throughout Pride and Prejudice Austen uses a range of different narrative techniques in order to interest and inform her audience. Austen takes on a different aspect in Chapter 35 in the form of letters. In this essay I will attempt to show how Austen tells the story in Chapter 35 and the effect it has on the novel. Austen opens Chapter 35 with 'free indirect style', this is a form of narrative voice in which a character's thoughts and feelings seem to be directly expressed, freely taking on views and often the language of that character. 'Elizabeth awoke the next morning to the same thoughts and mediations which had at length closed her eyes'. This is an obvious example of free indirect style it takes on the thoughts and feeling of Elizabeth and allows the reader to emotionally engage with her. ...read more.

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By the use of a letter it enables the author to reveal the character and personality of the writer, to the audience. It may be argued that this letter from Darcy to Elizabeth is an example of 'stream of consciousness' , however in letter form it takes on a chronological structure, with slight flashbacks to the past. 'The part which I acted is now to be explained'. This supports the argument that a letter does not take on the style of 'stream of consciousness' but may take certain aspects of it. In Darcy's letter it does allow the reader to imitate the qualities and thoughts in his head, but the use of grammar and structure suggest otherwise. 'Is now to be explained 'shows that the character has had to plan and think about the choice of diction and language to present in their letter. The language and diction used by Mr. ...read more.

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'God bless you', this is an obvious example of Darcy's admiration towards Elizabeth. Austen has cleverly used this choice of diction to give a clear example of strong feelings between two characters in her novel. This always allows the reader to understand Darcy's character, it shows that he does have an affectionate side to him but he does not know how to express it. Austen has used letter form to her advantage throughout this chapter and is the first direct address in her novel, with elements of different narrative techniques. Throughout Chapter 35 Austen has cleverly used a range of narrative techniques to allow a relationship to form between the reader and characters, and their opinions to change. Austen has successfully enabled the reader to understand the motivation behind the characters action and allowed the narrative to intensify quickly. By taking on a letter form Austen has revealed the character's traits and personalities and provided information in an engaging way. Chapter 35 is classed as a turning point in the plot and takes on a major role in the novel as a whole. ...read more.

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A good but rather brief essay which uses PEA (Point, Evidence and Analysis). There is some confusion between free indirect style and omniscient narrator but generally the writer shows an understanding of narrative techniques and their effect on the reader.

Marked by teacher Katie Dixon 07/08/2013

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