My Barely Humble Opinion on the Matter
Posted by Cassia on June 02, 1998 at 18:43:59:
In response to JA and beauty, written by Silja on May 27, 1998 at 13:29:43
] Maybe there are more readers of JA out there who wonder like me why JA stresses the point in all of her novels that the heroine is NOT the most beautiful girl around.
] I asked this question on the newbie board and I'm glad Erin told me the proper placement for my rambling thoughts...
] So, if anybody has wondered like me why Fanny and Anne are rewarded with a bloom of beauty for proving their character qualities-- why Elinor, Lizzie and Catherine Norland are contrasted with far more handsome sisters or friends-- why Emma is presented as handsome but also as far from perfect-- and even she is contrasted with Jane F.'s elegance-- maybe you would let me into your speculations???
] I feel the questions only bubbling out of my head! What a great place! I waited for such an opportunity to see wgat other addict think since I know JA, I think...
] Keep up the wonderful work, girls!
] JA LIVES!!!
I also think it was to add contrast between her heroines and the majority of heroines in the novels she read while she was growing up. Clarissa, Pamela, (both S. Richardson, in case you don't know) ect were all perfect beauties, with perfect virtues, and the world's most sound moral judgement by instinct. These paragons are nothing like life, too stiff and flawless. Two and a half centuries latter the thought of any of them makes be want to be sick.
BTW, I think there is a similar reason why both of George Eliot's great heroines, Maggie Tulliver and Dorothea Brooke are both dark haired, GE was tired of the blondes having more fun!
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