Not physical attraction
Posted by Constanza on June 01, 1998 at 17:26:46:
In response to JA and beauty, written by Silja on May 27, 1998 at 13:29:43
I can give, at least, two reasons:
- her novels aim at reflecting everyday life and ordinary people. If all her heroines were uncommonly beautiful, it would be more like a fairy tale, and not a portrait of society.
- to stress the point that the heroes are truly in love with them and that they are not only physically attracted. In all of her novels, the heroe falls first in love and them realize that they are beautiful. (with the exception of Emma, but in this case Mr. Knightly knew her since she had been born, so he was not blind by her beauty).
I think the fact that the protagonist are no uncommonly beautiful makes it possible for the (female) readers to simpathyse with them more easily than if it had been otherwise.
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