• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In this essay I will be exploring the ways in which Jane Austen uses different narrative voices in her novel, Pride and Prejudice, from pages 281 to 283.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

'A number of individual voices are employed in the telling of the tale but in the end these become indistinguishable' In this essay I will be exploring the ways in which Jane Austen uses different narrative voices in her novel, Pride and Prejudice, from pages 281 to 283. Austen's Pride and Prejudice uses voices to reveal more about the personalities of the characters in her novel. A combination of third person narrative, dialogue and letters are used to convey information to the reader. Letters play a very important role in Pride and Prejudice, they help to reveal the character and personality of the character sending the letter, and convey information faster than dialogue or narration. Collins' letter in Chapter 13 is not very different from his letter in chapter 48, he does not come across as being an agreeable man. Mr Collins offers some condolences, but mostly underlines how Lydia's offense will ruin the chances of her sisters getting married, stating that Lady Catherine also agrees with him. ...read more.

Middle

Mrs. Gardiner does not express her perplexed feeling however, we know that she feel this way because Austen's omniscient narrative voice tells us that she does, and in this case we have little choice but to agree with her. This technique is also useful when telling us what characters are truly thinking if they are guarded in conversation. When Elizabeth reads Darcy's letter, revealing the truth about Wickham her reaction does not seem to be out loud. "How despicably have I acted...I, who have prided myself on my discernment". Austen has found a way to inform the reader of characters feeling even when they don not speak. This narrative technique is almost opposite to dramatic method of narration that Austen uses. In this method of narration Jane Austen completely withdraws from the action and with very minimal narration and description lets the entire scene play out in dialogue. ...read more.

Conclusion

"Everyday at Longbourn was now a day of anxiety". In this quotation the narrative voice may echo the opinion of the community and the individual voices may seem to be lost. The narrative technique of small town opinion is not a particular characters voice, but rather the unified voice of the community; characters voices and opinions are not lost but not completely distiguishable from eachother. This quote could be one of the Bennet sisters, as they may feel this way, however, Elizabeth is the sister most likely to feel that letters "bring some news of importance". To conclude, letters play an important role on Pride and prejudice, allowing the reader to learn about events more quickly, whilst learning about the character sending the letter. The omniscient third person narrative technique is also useful when learning about characters as it enters their mind at various points in the novel so that the reader can see their thought process. Voices in pride and prejudice may not be completely indistinguishable but at times are lost in small town opinion. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our AS and A Level Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related AS and A Level Jane Austen essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    Plot-Construction of Pride and Prejudice

    4 star(s)

    Even in the offending remarks about her family there is an admission that Elizabeth could inspire in Darcy a strong feeling of love capable of overcoming his strong scruple of family pride; and her vanity is touched. Darcy's narration in the letter makes it clear to her that if he

  2. How does Jane Austen present the themes of love and marriage in the novel ...

    he left to return to the Churchill's, he was ready to tell her the secret of his engagement. Mr Knightly and Emma discuss Frank Churchill's letter and they come to the same conclusion: Frank Churchill did not behave well, but he had some reason and there was no final harm.

  1. Do you believe that Austen's final title; Pride and Prejudice is a more appropriate ...

    Bennet's approach is justifiable, thus proving our original prejudices towards Mrs. Bennet to be wrong. Austen uses Pride in ones family to show another side of the pride one can possess, and to show different sides to her characters. Mr.

  2. Irony in "Pride and Prejudice"

    letter in which he urges Mr Bennet "to throw off your unworthy child... for ever". Finally, the airs and aspirations of the gentry are satirised in Mrs Bennet: the caricature of the parochial mother whose sole aim in life is "to get her daughters married; its solace was visiting and news."

  1. Ghost Story Essay.

    to his, as the sound only lasted a couple of seconds he thought that he must have imagined it. When he was eating his breakfast he heard it again thud, thud, thud, he tries to think of a rational explanation such as a heavy footed guest or it could have been his wife cleaning a room.

  2. Austen wrote that Pride and Prejudice is too light, and bright, and sparkling; it ...

    Bennet, described as 'a woman of mean understanding, little information, and an uncertain temper', displays all the foolishness of a high obsession with both marriage and class. Indeed Austen's perception of her own lack of 'shade' can be directly contradicted when considering some of the extremely serious issues dealt with.

  1. Discuss the Importance of Letters in 'Pride and Prejudice'.

    Mr. Collins over uses his words in language. We immediately sense he is a man who is rather pompous and thinks highly of his own abilities. Mr. Bennet and Lizzy see through this pretentious language. Lizzy says, "Can he be a sensitive man, sir?" Of course, when we meet him, he is everything his letter suggested he would be.

  2. What methods does Austen use to tell the story in Pride and Prejudice Chapter ...

    Elizabeth now has realized that Mr. Darcy used to smile at her when their eyes met as Austen's informs the readers "as she remembered to have sometime seen, when he looked at her", she used dramatic irony in Elizabeth's speech in chapter 6 when Elizabeth and charlotte talk about Jane as Elizabeth tells Charlotte that Mr.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work