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|Thank you for the well thought out posting
Written by Angela L
(10/22/2010 4:07 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Jane Austen, Fanny Price, and Mansfield Park, penned by KatharineW
I'm only wondering about one part of your posting:
"Both women knew what it was to live under straitened circumstances. Both women had either been a witness to someone being given (in this case it was Jane at the age of eight)..."
I'm definitely not the absolute expert on JA, but I'm wondering where she went at the age of eight? Or maybe I misunderstood?
I've only read one biography of JA, "Jane Austen, a Family Redord", and didn't get quite the same idea about her life. But, as I said, I'm not an expert.
But I enjoyed the way you have shown what could have been her motives for writing. She really wrote about what she experienced. And, what's more important, she was honest about what she felt.
I have an author in the family, who told me that the most gut-wrenching thing to do, was to really go back to past experiences that weren't always happy, and really look at them and write about them honestly.
When I think about my life experiences, that aren't as spectacular as action movies, but would definitely be very difficult for me to go back and look at, and honestly write about, I really must hail JA. Because she did it. She gave us a glance through the magnifying glass at her world. Not from a cursory or superficial view, but in a most honest and genuine way, that I'm sure was not always pleasant for her and may have even been painful at times.
It allows us readers to delve into a world of the past that would otherwise be closed to us. And we are also able to experience how human nature has remained the same throughout time.
Concerning the correlation to Fanny, I was thinking about how JA also stuck to her principles in that she had at least one marriage proposal that she declined. I always wondered whether she declined so that she could do what she wanted to do and be who she wanted to be. As a married woman of that time it might not have been possible.
But then, maybe this is going too far and is better placed on another board.
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