Rhetorical Analysis Of Elizabeth Bennet 's ' Elizabeth ' Dirty And Dirty Stockings, Disheveled And Weary

2396 Words Sep 27th, 2014 10 Pages
Alyssa Kelly
Cupryk , 7th hour
AP Lang, Independent Novel Project
DUE: September 26, 2014
Section I: MLA Works Cited

Section II: Response Notes
Part One-Chapters 1-11
Quotations: “Elizabeth continued her walk alone… springing over puddles with impatient activity and finding herself at last within view of the house with weary ankles, dirty stockings, and a face glowing with the warmth of exercise…”
Analysis: In this passage, Austen makes uses of several techniques to convey the image of Elizabeth Bennet dirty from walking in bad weather to visit her ill sister at Netherfield Manor and the household’s reception to this appearance. Most notable is imagery in which Austen vividly displays Elizabeth as standing in dirty stockings, disheveled and weary, yet lively and determined in her appearance. To create this image Austen applies several rhetorical techniques including diction, varying syntax, irony and an almost sarcastic, satirical tone. Words like “weary” and “dirty” juxtapose against the description of “warmth” in Elizabeth’s face helping solidify the image of Elizabeth as dirty but lively in the reader’s mind as the first two descriptions carry a relatively negative connotation balanced out by the final declaration of her “glowing” face. The use of contrasting diction by Austen aides in establishing the reception of Elizabeth by the people of Netherfield- especially the different degrees of apathy among the men of the house as Mr. Darcy’s reception is described in a…

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