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|Similarities between The Rivals and JA
Written by Robbin
(3/10/2007 1:01 p.m.)
Some situations in the play reminded me of situations in JA. This is interesting to me because they illustrate some of the same-type characters, behaviors, situations which obviously interested both RBS and JA and many others in their day and still continue to interest us today—romantic sensibilities, rebelling against parental authority, gratitude as a basis for affection, proper behavior, and education of woman. ;D Here are a few:
Lydia plans to elope and Lydia in P&P actually does for different reasons.
Julia is completely forgiving of trickery and betrayal and so is Jane in P&P.
Sir Absolute reminded me of General Tilney in NA with his expectation of his children’s complete submission to his will.
Faulkland saves Julia from drowning and Frank Churchill saves Jane in Emma, both couples eventually become engaged.
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