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Explain how Austin's use of nouns and formalistic language and semantic fields supports our understanding of the characters of

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Explain how Austin's use of nouns and formalistic language and semantic fields supports our understanding of the characters of Lizzy and Mr Collins and their attitudes to marriage. The general feeling the reader gets from this chapter is that Mr Collins does not want to get married for love. He wants to get married because he feels it is the right thing to do. We know this for he uses business semantic fields such as, "business, declaration and orderly manor." On the other hand Lizzy is the heroin figure in the book and she believes that you should follow your heart and only ever marry for love. I prove this by looking at the linguistics in the chapter. The chapter starts by describing Mr Collins way of getting ready to ask Lizzy for her hand in marriage. ...read more.

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This elaborate language makes him seem very fake. When Lizzy enters she blushes this spontaneous action shows that nothing about her is routine and that every concrete thing she does is filled with emotion. This shows the open and honest person that she is. Mr Collins is the opposite he also uses concrete and abstract nouns but Austin never backs the abstract nouns he uses with any emotion or feeling. Austin mocks Mr Collins as does Lizzy for "made Elizabeth near laughing" shows that she also could see that his flowery language was not fooling any one for he stood there with a "solemn expression." Austin has Mr Collins to go onto explaining the reasons for marrying his daughter. ...read more.

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"My feeling in every respect forbid it." Lizzys use of abstract nouns is to describe her feelings, which are real feelings. Lizzy is saying she is governed by emotion. "Truth and heart" you must understand my emotions because Mr Collins has very few emotions he cannot understand. In conclusion the nouns used by Mr Collins at first to be a mixture of concrete and abstract nouns. The concrete nouns are used for he has very few feelings and can only really relate to physical things. He does use abstract nouns but they are not backed with the emotion he needed to win Lizzys heart. In comparison Lizzy also uses both concrete and abstract nouns and both are full of emotion for she is governed by emotion and gut instincts. ?? ?? ?? ?? Laura Doyle ...read more.

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