Thank you for setting me straight.
Posted by Kelly on October 04, 1997 at 20:47:32:
In response to Tell me more..., written by Betsy on October 04, 1997 at 16:53:26
] How did you get to that? (not asked in a critical tone, but
] honestly just wondering) The only thing I can find in the
] book is when Emma notices how well looking Mr. Knightley is
] compared to all the other men not dancing at the ball. Is
] this sort of character scheme in some of her other writings
] or am I just oblivious to details when I read?
We have been studying that Austen did use a common theme in that there are two types of men in her novels: the dashing and handsome man who will probably break your heart (ie Willoughby and Marianne) and there is the sweet yet clumsy and plain man like Edward. However, we have not yet really dug into Emma so I probably exaggerated when I said Knightly was supposed to be ugly. Thank you for making me aware of my error. :-)
Also, thank you for your words regarding my senior project. Your right, I'f I had a classroom full of you or me or anyine else here, I'd be loving life!!! However, just talking with some of my fellow students who struggled through "those horrible chic novels" I fear that all students won't be so enthusiastic as I am. I hope that I can help them see how great she really is!!!!
] My subject is: How to teach Jane Austen to contemporary American High School students and make it fun. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank you ever so much!!
] You know, I'd have a tough time helping you with that
] because I think it's so OBVIOUS that JA's work is great!
] I'd wonder why someone needed to have it made fun because
] it already is! Then again, I remember that I learned to
] love JA because my high school English teacher loved her
] so passionately. He had such a great delight in her wit
] and would spend a lot of time making the period real to
] us so we could appreciate what was really being said. I
] would think (and I'm not an expert at all) that if you
] wanted to make JA fun for high schoolers that you would
] start with her truly wicked humor -- making sure they
] concentrate on undrestanding the language -- and then go
] on from there.
] But that's just me. Let us know what you come up with?
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