the man is the house
Posted by Eva on April 29, 1998 at 02:29:09:
In response to I'm not sure?, written by Barbara on April 28, 1998 at 18:22:05
In Austenland the house always represents the man!
However, it is also in the book that Col. Brandon has done a lot of recontruction and economy to the place, which was financially run down by his father and brother.
One of the most interesting aspect in the works of JA is the changing of society from the rigid late 17th century aristocrats in P&P through to the selfmade hero Frederick Wenthworth. The early book have sympatetic as well as unsympathetic persons depending on the old system, Edward Ferrars as well as Wickham. Jane Austens hero is often with one exceptional contradiction the second son. Brandon, Edmund Bertram, Henry Tilney, where their older brother represent low selfcontrol, vices and stupidity. This is Jane Austens way of pointing out that the old system where everything is decided on birthright is not the best model for society. I all her books she ends by dividing her casts and sending her elected few to a better and reclused society either at Delaford, Pemberley or the naval society.
- More than one exception Laraine 13:51:43 4/29/98 (1)
- Second sons and firstborns Eva 16:08:32 4/29/98 (0)
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