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Thinking about Attitudes in Austen.

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Thinking about Attitudes in Austen 1. Why would Jane Austen have been interested in writing about marriage? Jane Austen would have been interested in writing about marriage as it was the situation of which everything in society in her times evolved around. Social status, family ties, financial status and character were all judged on the basis of if they would be suitable for marriage and therefore it was a key issue in Jane Austen's time and the expectations of both women and men were extremely demanding. As Jane Austen belonged to the middle-class, it would have been a situation affectng herself and she would be able to write about what she saw around her and how such great expectations rendered various situations. 2. Why was Frank brought up by his aunt and uncle? Frank's aunt and uncle, Mr and Mrs Churchill were unable to have children. When Frank's mother died due to illness, Mr Weston handed Frank over to Mr and Mrs Churchill as they could offer him a better lifestyle and also proposed to settle the rift between Mr Weston and themselves. Mr Weston being very laid back, excepted their offer as it allowed him to get on with his life and he is also a character who greatly dislikes conflict and therefore this arrangement would mean he had no enemies. 3. Why is it important that Frank should visit his new stepmother, the ex-Miss Taylor? ...read more.

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When, due to Emma's influence Harriet rejects his offer, Robert Martin, although upset acts politely and aimiabley towards her. He does not go looking for another wife, he stays true to her which prooves to be the better choice as he ends up marrying her. Examples of good manners: * Emma visiting the poor * Knightley asking Harriet to dance * Weston asking Emma's and other residents' opinion on his ballroom * The Bates keeping Mr Woodhouse company Examples of bad manners: * Mr Elton refusing to dance with Harriet * Mrs Elton offering to introduce Emma to her society (dubbing her a country girl with no real social connections) * Frank delaying his visit * Emma refusing to get involved with the Martins 9. Make a list of things that women did to occupy themselves other than working. Match-making ( Emma in particular) Painting Going for walks Socialising with neighbours/ other residents Dances Going shopping in town Presenting/ Practising musical talents (such as playing the piano or singing) Reading 10. Make a list of jobs men do in the novel Robert Martin - farmer Mr Perry - apocery Mr Elton - Parish priest Mr Weston - ex-military man to commerce Col. Campbell - military 11. What was the difference between the way inherited money is seen, as compared to money which is earned? If one inherited a substantial amount of money, you were garanteed a succesful life, rich in social ties and stability. ...read more.

Conclusion

Conceited Uncritical : Isabella Woodhouse is a very uncritical character, especially of her husband. Being uncritical of her husband results in him doing and saying whatever he pleases which can results in offending situations to other members of her family. Mr Woodhouse is also uncritical of his daughter Emma which results in her thinking very highly, perhaps too highly of herself which is shown in her snobbery. Talkative: Being as talkative as Miss Bates is seen as a bad characteristic as although she means well and she is always flattering and complimenting others, she does not let others speak and that makes other characters feel uncomfortable Proud: Emma is a very proud character which can make her quite snobbish and insulting to other characters. Others A Gossip - Light gossip in Austen's eyes is seen as being safe and Miss Bates is an example of a character who enlightens others with light gossip. However characters such as Emma use gossip to insult and harm others. Such as when her and Frank's gossiping session results in the decision that Jane is in love with Mr Dixon. Janes becomes aware of their joke and gets very upset Judgemental - If one has good judgement such as Mr Knightley, who does not rush to form judgements, being judgmental is a good characteristic as it helps one avoid uncomfortable situations and be aware of the nature of certain characters. However Emma is very judgemental and always jumps to conclusions. Her being judgemental leads her into bad situations such as Harriet and Mr Martin's temporary yet great unhappiness. ...read more.

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