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|Adding drama and gothic elements to life
Written by Pennie
(4/27/2006 10:59 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, NA on different levels., penned by MandyN
I like what you say about Catherine reading the situation well. At face value this novel is a parody, but we are ment to 'read' it at different levels. I think an important lesson that Catherine needs to learn is not only to recognise what is real, and what is only an idea that she is imposing, but how to react to them. Characters in this novel who impose drama on everything loose out in the end.
- Catherine reads the General incorrectly and tries to make a drama out of it. She nearly looses Henry's regard as a result
In a thread below it was discussed that there are elements of the gothic in Eleanor, but she is also a well rounded character, thus saying that there can be elements of the gothic in all of us. I'll extend this by saying that in NA, JA says that there are elements of the gothic, and dramatic problems in real life, and not only do we need to recognise them in their correct context, but we need to learn how to react correctly to them.
This is a fascinating thread. I am learning so much from this group read!
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