By M. Scheuermann
Analyzing Jane Austen explores Mansfield Park, satisfaction and Prejudice, Emma, and Persuasion opposed to their historic and cultural backdrop to teach accurately how Jane Austen units out the middle subject matters of British morality in her novels. Austen’s interval used to be arguably the main socially and politically tumultuous in England’s background, and via changing the novels during this amazing period, Scheuermann sharply defines Austen’s view of the social agreement.
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In books like Hannah More’s Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education or Mary Wollstonecraft’s somewhat earlier Thoughts on the Education of Daughters, With Reflections on Female Conduct in the More Important Duties of Life the duties of the mother in educating her children, especially her female children, are laid out in careful detail. The moral is always the same: the upper-class mother has the major responsibility in the education of her children. She must be morally scrupulous herself, and she must be careful what kind of moral model she presents to the children.
Women of rank and influence” (l, 31) must repress everything that leads to public corruption. This is the context for a lengthy diatribe against modern literature, especially those terrible imports from abroad. These works can have extremely deleterious influences on the morals of those without adequate defenses—that is to say, the young—because the immoral, un-Christian lessons the books teach are presented in the guise of enlisting the reader’s sympathy for characters whose actions actually should evoke horror and disgust in a good Christian.
The governess] taught her French, and heard her read the daily portion of History; but he recommended the books which charmed her leisure hours, he encouraged her taste, and corrected her judgment; he made reading useful by talking to her of what she read, and heightened its attraction by judicious praise. In return for such services she loved him better than any body in the world except William; her heart was divided between the two. (18) The first incident in the book where Austen makes clear the real-world consequences of moral failings is in the disposition of the clerical position that falls free when Mrs.
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