JA's heroines: Bright and mistaken, quiet and right
Posted by Linden on April 29, 1998 at 21:12:00:
A thought on JA's heroines. They almost all fall into two groups:
(a) the bright ones who have to learn from their mistakes (Lizzy, Catherine, Emma, Marianne)
(b) the quiet ones who don't make mistakes (Elinor, Janes Fairfax and Bennet, Fanny): they suffer in silence from other people's mistakes.
I can think of only two exceptions: Mary Crawford (bright, but doesn't learn the error of her ways), and Anne Elliot (quiet, but having made a mistake that's brought her over eight years of misery).
Was Jane Austen trying to tell us something about the virtues of quietness?
- Or... Laraine 13:31:55 4/30/98 (18)
- And... Linden 18:54:46 4/30/98 (17)
- I think we're agreeing straight down the line Laraine 15:34:03 5/01/98 (16)
- Pathos in JA Linden 19:41:36 5/01/98 (15)
- Can I get a clarification? Erin 13:53:45 5/02/98 (14)
- Tragedy and pathos Linden 20:02:33 5/02/98 (13)
- Yet... Erin 12:35:18 5/03/98 (12)
- What about S&S Arnessa 22:51:25 5/04/98 (0)
- Aristotle and tragedy... Helen 14:47:18 5/03/98 (10)
- Blah Blah, Tragedy in this "Helen-ic" age Ian of Erin 22:34:11 5/04/98 (0)
- I can't believe... Erin 00:03:25 5/04/98 (3)
- What did Aristotle say about comedy? Linden 18:47:59 5/03/98 (4)
- An Aside Hil 22:59:55 4/29/98 (5)
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