Lecture 005, January 22, 2009 The role of letters Suspense/confusion?leaves you wondering! Collapsing the plot?huge events are summed up in a few lines Realistic?the letters were popular back then, because it was the only way for long distance communication Revealing of Character (people judged each other on how the letters were written?remember Mr. Collins? first letter and what Mr. Bennett thought of him!) Revealing of Austen?s character Immediate access, bringing you directly into the environment?YOU read the letters as the character reads them Truth (undiluted) Tangible reminder of Mr. Darcy (in the letter) Defines/maintains/creates relationships Confidentiality/privacy Shifts narrators Exhibits narrative versatility Essential absence of a deity (religion not apparent) Quick comments: Jane Austen wrote the book in the Age of Reason: views of world scientifically; the Universe ruled with mathematical will God?s a reasonable God in the Age of Reason?pursuit of happiness is most important Who is Collins? God? It seems to be Lady Catherine de Bourgh?yet he?s the only defined Christian in the book! Transcendalists?worshiping God in Nature Darcy?s dad liked Wickham a lot Volume III page 1: finally, description of Darcy?s place Elizabeth is surprised when Mr. Darcy comes up to her at Pemberly?especially because she shot him down! Miss Darcy is very rich & shy also
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