The irony and humor of LMA (tee hee)
Posted by Lisa S. on June 05, 1998 at 13:13:24:
In response to Little Women and P&P, written by Linden on June 02, 1998 at 18:51:11
Re. similarities between JA and LMA...
Well, there are similarities in the "facts" (daughters without money, growing up and finding husbands)...but that's about it.
Irony is not a word one would ever associate with LMA. :-) LMA was writing moral tales; that is, she clearly wanted to show characters whom her readers should emulate. If anything, JA spent more time showning us characters whom we should NOT be like. ;-) JA wrote much more as an observer of people, rather than LMA, trying to serve as an instructor. JA excelled at giving us wonderful comic characters--full of idiosynchosies, but often sympathetic. The Mrs. Bennets, Mr. Collinses, Miss Bates, Augusta Eltons, Mr. Woodhouses....they are as much fun as the heroines and their love interests! With LMA, we've got...Aunt March?
And JA, although she had seen less of the world, had seen much more of people's natures, their relationships. Neither JA nor LMA ever married, but the attraction and relationships of JA's novels seemed true, real. Jo's (what was his name?) Professor Baeher seems made-up, stuck on for the obligatory happy ending.
Just my two cents worth...
- Re: The irony and humor of LMA (tee hee) OliviaAnn 15:59:56 6/06/98 (4)
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