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|JA's lack of (or use of) descriptions
Written by Jasmine D
(4/8/2013 6:52 p.m.)
One thing that always strikes me about JA's novels is how very little descriptions she gives.
For example, consider the opening scene in Chapter 1. Where does the scene take place? In Mr. Bennet's library? As the family walks home? Nothing in the text provides us with the setting for the scene.
JA also gives little descriptions of how her characters look. Other than that certain characters are handsome or pretty, we know that Lydia is the tallest. Elizabeth has "fine eyes". We know that Bingley has a blue coat and a black horse, but we don't know the color of his hair or eyes.
Instead, JA gives us descriptions of the personalities of her characters. And she does that by letting us see them in action. She uses the "show, not tell". Each character has a style of speaking. Mrs. Bennet is flighty, rambling, and nonsensical. Kitty is pedantic. Elizabeth is lively. Mr. Bennet is sarcastic. We get to know the characters by the way they act and speak. And I feel like I know JA's characters a lot better than characters of other novels, even though I can picture the other characters.
This is why I think JA's novels are very adaptable to the stage or cinema. She provides us primarily with dialogues, leaving the directors freedom to decide on settings and physical appearances.
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