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|Readerís knowledge vs. Lizzyís: Final thoughts
Written by amytat
(5/12/2013 2:04 p.m.)
I found a lot more information that Lizzy doesnít have than I ever expected to find! I often felt like I was finding so much data that I wasnít able to process it and draw insights from it the way I was hoping to. I also found it interesting the way the story flows between sections that are predominately from Lizzyís perspective and sections where we see scenes she isnít present for or get insights into peopleís thoughts that she doesnít have.
I had sort of expected that when we are given information Lizzy doesnít have it would either confirm or cast doubt on her opinion. Often thatís true, like when Darcy admires her or Miss Bingley talks about the Bennets behind their backs. But, there are many cases where itís an added detail that isnít directly related to Lizzyís thoughts. Like, Mr. Hurst thinking only of his breakfast or Mrs. Philips being impressed by Mr. Collins and resolving to repeat his stories about Lady Catherine to her neighbors as quickly as possible. I think these details are part of what make her characters feel so real. We donít know Mrs. Philips first name or what she looked like, but we know that someone as foolish as Mr. Collins can impress her and to me that gives me a much clearer picture of her than several descriptive paragraphs might have done.
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