Irony And Symbols In Jane Austen's Northanger Abbey

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“The person, be it a gentleman or a lady, who has not pleasure in a good novel, must be intolerably stupid.”- Jane Austen Northanger Abbey. Growing up around books influenced the way Jane Austen incorporated symbols into her own writings, sometimes even using books to build her characters and themes. Prominently shown through Austen’s Northanger Abbey and seen in her other pieces, she expertly uses engaging realism, subtle irony, and effective parodies of what was going on during her lifetime, the late 1700s through the early 1800s.
Steventon, Hampshire, England: December 16, 1775, Reverend George Austen and his wife Cassandra brought Jane Austen, future renowned author, into this world. She was the second youngest of seven children and had
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This upper class hotspot is the main setting of the novel, Northanger Abbey. Catherine Morland is seventeen years old and is one of ten children living in her home at Fullerton. Not the most intelligent, graceful, creative, musical, or feminine Catherine is not the average heroine. Childless neighbors, the Allens, are travelling to Bath as recommended by their family doctor and inquire to take Miss Morland along. Excited to experience more than just her small town Catherine is dying to go. Once she has permission she cannot wait to enjoy the city highlife that Bath will bring her, or the possible romance. She goes to her first ball nervously awaiting her dream man to ask her to dance. Suddenly tall, dark, and handsome Henry Tilney, saunters over and sweeps her off her feet. After the dance she becomes infatuated with her new man;days pass with no sight of him. However, in the meantime she meets a new friend, Isabella Thorpe, the daughter of Mrs. Allen’s school friend. Once she is in Bath for a while she discovers her older brother James has journeyed to Bath with Isabella’s brother John. Eventually she learns, even though it was obvious to everyone else, that James was there for his love interest, Isabella. Although at first her motives seem pure, Isabella later shows her true colors at her disappointment at the funds she and James would be getting after their marriage and showing it again at her flirtations with Captain Tilney. After awhile Catherine regains contact with Henry Tilney from the dance and during her long vacation in Bath becomes close friends with Henry’s sister Eleanor. In result of this friendship she is invited to stay at the Tilney’s home, Northanger Abbey. Through her travels Catherine began reading the gothic novels of the time. Influencing her imagination, once she reaches Northanger Abbey, she

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