Weldon’s didactic tone speaks to the reader through the character of Alice “…”
showing the common attitude of her contemporary audience (Alice) because she has no appreciation for the historic text
Weldon’s didactic tone speaks to the reader through the character of Alice “you find her boring, petty and irrelevant… you cannot imagine what purpose there can be in your reading her”
Weldon uses the rhetorical question “…” this carries Weldon’s purpose of encouraging appreciation of the literary canon
Rhetorical question, “How can I explain literature to you with its capital L?” this carries Weldon’s purpose of encouraging appreciation of the literary canon.
Weldon points out how Austen uses characterization to scrutinize accepted performances of femininity in Regency England, “…” with emphasis on “…” and “…” similar to Mr Collins’ assumptions of the “…”, “…”, and “…”
Weldon points out how Austen uses characterization to scrutinize accepted performances of femininity in Regency England, “a woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing and the modern language to deserve the word”, with emphasis on “must” and “deserve” similar to Mr Collins assumptions of the “established custom”, “consistent”, and “according to the usual practice of elegant females”
Austen characterizes her heroine, Elizabeth, as a woman who breaches the decorum of a lady.
Austen uses activer verbs and adjectives such as “…”, “…” and “…” to portray Elizabeth as a subversive character and a symbol for social change. Word choices of “…” and “…” suggests vitality, passion and authenticity in Elizabeth’s character due to her freedom of expression.
Austen characterizes her heroine, Elizabeth, as a woman who breaches the decorum of a lady. Austen uses active verbs and adjectives such as “springing”, “jumping” and “impatient activity” to portray Elizabeth as a subversive character and a symbol for social change. Word choices of “glowing” and “brilliancy” suggests vitality, passion and authenticity in Elizabeth’s character due to her freedom of expression.
Weldon points out how fiction tends to be “…” and then goes on to emotively describe Elizabeth as “…” because she believes that Elizabeth encompasses a large portion of what is so very subversive about Austen’s novel. Weldon praises Elizabeth’s “wayward” character and truly believes that she has helped to change those minds, lives and societies as she is constantly pointing out to “Alice” the immense social gap between their respective contexts.
“Ficiton… tends to be a subversive element in society. Elizabeth Bennet, that wayward, capricious girl, listening to the beat of feeling, rather than the pulsing urge for survival, paying attention to the subtle demands of human dignity rather than the cruder ones of established convention, must have upset a number of her readers, changed their minds, and with their minds, their lives, and with their lives, the society they lived in”
In the first passage of the novel, Austen uses the ironic tone, “…” which suggests that in fact, the opposite is true in that a single woman wants to marry a rich man and hence satirizes the truth in this, immediately setting her subtly subversive and ironic tone that continues throughout the story, with this broad sweeping statement.
Austen’s ironic tone, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife” suggests that the opposite is true in that a single woman wants to marry a rich man and hence satirises the truth in this.
#ironic #oppositeistrue #attitudeofwomen #satirical #broadsweepingstatement #subtlysubversivetone
Weldon uses the imperative voice “…” to explain how Austen had to write differently in her subtle attempt at creating social change.
Weldon’s imperative voice “You must write out of tradition – if only to break away from it”
Weldon explains that women in Austne’s time had very little rights and choices with the factual statement, “…” which demonstrates the huge dependency that women had on their male counterparts.
Weldon explains that women in Austen’s time had very little rights and choices with the factual statement, “Women lived well by their husbands favour”
Weldon gives “Alice” an option of what she could do if she lived in such a time and uses statistics to illustrate how hard it was with, “…” contrasted with the drop line, “…” to highlight the limited choices women were given in this period. She clearly wants Alice to appreciate this restrictive context which women have evidently escaped from through the social change that followed subversive initiators such as Jane Austen.
Statistics, “You could become a prostitute – 70’000… out of a population of some 900’000” contrasted with the drop line, “Or you could marry” to highlight the limited choices women were given in this period.
#statistics #difficultyforwomen #appreciationforcontext #contrast
Weldon shows her feminist perspective with her sympathy for Mrs Bennet as “…” as she can, like she wants Alice to be able to, understand the contextual circumstances and resulting values of such a woman in such a time and therefore feels empathy for her despite the fact that she is a character devised by Austen to satirize those values of which her circumstances seem to force her to hold.
Weldon shows her feminist perspective with her sympathy for Mrs Bennet as “The only one with the slightest notion fo the sheer desperation of the world”
Austen first describes Mr. Darcy through the commentary of the social impact that he, as a rich man, instantly created, “…” to highlight those social values which drew so much attention to him at first. BUT
“Mr. Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome features, noble mien; and the report which was in general circulation within five minutes after his entrance, of his having ten thousand a year” #socialvalues #marriage&money #economicparadigm
Austen boldly challenges accepted norms of female femininity of her time through what would have been seen as an outrageous description of a woman’s behaviour with the active verbs and adjectives of, “…” and then she uses a positive verb with “…” to further encourage such behaviour by a woman, directly challenging the accepted norms of female behaviour through the actions and behaviour of her female heroine.
“Elizabeth continued her walk alone, crossing field after field at a quick pace, jumping over stiles and springing over puddles with impatient activity, and finding herself at last within view of the house, with weary ankles, dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise.” this leads to the reaction with strong the dialogue, “incredible”
The dialogue of Mr Collins expresses the extreme assumptions about marriage and money in Regency England as Mr Collins appears completely convinced of a positive response to his proposal due to the wealth that he possesses over Elizabeth, in his presumptuous language and assured tone of “…”. This clearly affirms the dominant values through being his complete expectancy of his favourable response.
“I know it to be the established custom of your sex to reject a man on the first application… to encourage my suit”
Austen further challenges female behaviour through her heroine’s action of refusing yet another proposal by an even richer man and responding with the strong language, “…” to explain herself as something other than the “elegant female” that she is expected to be in her time.
“Do not consider me now as an elegant female, intending to plague you, but as a rational creature, speaking the truth from her heart.”
Charlotte Lucas is a character who does not bend from these expected social norms but accepts them because of her circumstances as evidenced by Austen’s authorial intrusion, “…” which uses a positive adjective with, “…” to clearly show that she is missing out because of those unfortunate circumstances imposed upon women in Regency England.
“she would have sacrificed every better feeling to worldly advantage”
Elizabeth uses strong definitive language in her bold refusal of Mr Darcy’s hand, “…” further illustrating hers and hence Austen’s differing views via this highly challenging statement.
“You could not have made me the offer of your hand in any possible way that would have tempted me to accept it”
Mr Darcy’s response through the description of his facial expression as, “…” clearly evidences the how unexpected such a backlash was in such a time when he, like Mr Collins, clearly expected a favourable response due to their circumstances.
“an expression of mingled incredulity and mortification”
#strongemotivelanguage #MrDarcy #responsetoElizabeth’sboldchallengingofvalues
Mrs Bennet’s comical character is described with the negative connotation of “…” as Austen satirizes her common values about marriage and money.
“seemed incapable of fatigue”, “Intelligible”
#MrsBennet #negativeconnotations #authorialintrusion
Austen shows Elizabeth’s embarrassment in listening to her mother’s behaviour through the emotive language, “…” and the repetition of “…” as she cannot stand the bending of her mother’s will to those ‘low’ values.
“shame and vexation”, “inexpressible vexation”
#Elizabethstressingabouthermom #repetition #emotivelanguage
Weldon classifies Austen’s subversive writing as “…” as opposed to “…” as she encourages its place among the literary canon due to its role in shaping culture.
“Literature with a capital L” as opposed to “just books”
Weldon uses the extended metaphor of “…” to describe this literary canon that Austen is apart of.
“the City of Invention”
#metaphorical #extendedmetaphor #literarycanon
Weldon explains values of marriage in Regency England to Alice, “…” …
“to marry was a great prize, it was a woman’s aim”
Weldon uses juxtaposition with, “…” to evidence the immense social gap between these contexts for women’s values concerning marriage.
“it is the stuff of our women’s magazines, but it is the stuff of their life, their very existence”
Weldon uses the contrast of, “…” to show Alice of her world that she can take advantage of through the social change that has occurred between their contexts.
“McDonald’s around one corner and An American Werewolf in London around the next”
Weldon explicitly explains how fiction such as Austen’s can assist in social change with, “…” and she exemplifies this with her own fictional voice of aunt Fay and her fictional niece to imitate Austen for the same effect as she wishes to draw more attention to the importance of texts such as Austen’s in changing social values and shaping history.
“Ficiton, on the whole, and if it is any good, tends to be a subversive element in society”
Weldon strongly states how Austen’s subversive initiation of social change “…” by following subversive writers, reinforcing the textual integrity and impact of Austen’s extremely relevant text to today’s society.
“She left a legacy for the future to be built upon”
#strongstatement #textualintegrity #significantimpact #relevant