Jane Austen

Zohreh Dehghan
Zohreh DehghanStudent em Chabahar Maritime University
Jane Austen
Chabahar Maritime University 
Faculty of Humanities 
Jane Austen 
Professor 
Dr.Behtash 
Student 
Z.Dehghan 
November 2013
Jane Austen
I . Introduction 
II. Life 
III. Early works 
IV. Later works 
V. Illness and Death 
VI. Pride and Prejudice 
VII. Reasons for novel's everlasting popularity
 Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English 
novelist. 
 Noted for her witty studies of early-19th-century 
English society. 
 Austen portrayed the quiet, day-to-day life 
of members of the upper middle class. 
 Her works combine romantic comedy with 
social satire and psychological insight.
 There are two common themes in Austen’s 
books: 
 The loss of illusions—usually leading characters 
to a more mature outlook 
 The clash between traditional moral ideals and 
the everyday demands of life 
 Because of her sensitivity to universal patterns 
of human behavior, Austen was one of the 
greatest novelists of the 19th and 20th centuries
 Jane Austen was born on16 December 1775 in 
Steventon , Hampshire, England. 
 Jane was the seventh child of eight. 
 Apart from three years of school in Oxford 
which she attended with her older sister, 
Cassandra, she was educated at home. 
 At age 13, she was writing amusing and 
instructive parodies and variations on 18th-century 
literature—from sentimental novels to 
serious histories.
 At age 23, she had written three novels: 
 Elinor and Marianne 
 First Impressions 
 Susan 
 In 1801 the family moved to the town of Bath. 
 After Jane’s father death in 1805 Jane, 
Cassandra, and their mother moved to the 
village of Chawton, very near Steventon. 
 She led a secluded life with her family, never 
marrying.
Jane Austen
 The first period of her writing lasted from 
1795 to 1798. During this time she wrote the 
first versions of: 
 Sense and Sensibility 
 Pride and Prejudice 
 Northanger Abbey
 Austen’s family preserved the writing she did 
as a teenager which was published more than 
a century after her death as: 
Love & Friendship 
 It is a comic parody of 18th-century 
melodramatic fiction.
 Austen’s second important period of writing 
lasted from 1811 to 1816: 
 revised and prepared Sense and Sensibility 
and Pride and Prejudice for publication 
Wrote her last three completed novels: 
 Mansfield Park (1814) 
 Emma(1816) 
 Persuasion (1818)
 Several other incomplete works were 
published after Austen's death. 
 The Watsons (1923) 
 Fragment of a Novel (1925) 
 Plan of a Novel (1926) 
 Her correspondence has been published as 
Jane Austen’s Letters (1932; revised edition, 
1952).
 Although the cause of Austen's final illness is 
not known for certain, the symptoms seem to 
suggest that she may have been affected by 
Addison's disease. 
 Austen died in Winchester on 18 July, 1817, 
at the age of 41. 
 She was buried in Winchester Cathedral on 
24 July , 1817.
Winchester Cathedral
 Pride and Prejudice is a complex novel 
mixing romance with realism. 
 Austen used a variety of features to make 
this novel seem more realistic and relevant 
to the period of the 19th century. 
 At the same time it has also the touch of 
romance.
 The plot of Pride and Prejudice is like the 
plot of a romance. 
 The social reality for women during 19th 
century was that it was almost impossible to 
survive without a man’s care, so it was 
typical for a young woman to live in her 
father’s house until she moved into her 
husbands. 
 Because of this social climate, the reality is 
that the five Bennet sisters do not have a 
choice about marriage. They must marry in 
order to secure their financial future.
 Austen addresses the social realities of the 
time and also satisfies the reader’s desire for 
romance by having Jane and Elizabeth’s 
suitors not only be rich but also be dashing, 
attractive and moral. 
 Realism of characters makes the novel more 
believable and they also contribute to fulfill 
romantic appeal of the novel. 
 A special emphasis has been placed on the 
way Austen portrays her character’s speech 
and thoughts. Dialogue is described as the 
most appropriate means in order to achieve a 
close approach to reality.
 We also find the touch of romance in the 
dialogues. 
 There are elements of conventional romance 
in the novel. Since the picture drawn is of 
everyday life and activities, it is easy for us 
to comprehend it and is that much more real 
to us.
Her most famous works 
include six well-read 
novels:
Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Jane Austen
Jane Austen
1. Limitations and range 
 she takes the reader into the minds of the 
characters, and her acute observation makes 
us really feel we know them. 
 Her use of irony is masterly. 
 She has a good ear for dialogue, and her 
characters represent universal failings and 
strengths, and so are instantly recognizable 
and interesting.
 Jane Austen’s world, with its ability to ignore the 
outside world and comforting absence of disaster and 
horrific suffering is one to which the modern reader 
can escape and find a certainty and tranquility that 
perhaps his life does not offer. 
2. Manners and morality 
 Manners matter greatly in Jane Austen's world. 
 Behavior must be controlled. 
 Austen admires love, generosity, compassion and 
common sense. 
 She can sometimes be seen as callous, mercenary and 
heartless.
3. Style 
 Clarity, economy , skillful use of dialogue, tight 
plotting and satisfying completeness to her plots 
are the main features of Jane Austen's style. 
4. Other themes and topics 
 Houses ,estates, and family wealth run like an 
undercurrent through many of the novels. 
 Duty and decorum are used to describe manners. 
 Rank and money matter greatly in the novels.
Jane Austen
“It isn't what we 
say or think that 
defines us, but 
what we do” 
Jane Austen
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Jane Austen

  • 2. Chabahar Maritime University Faculty of Humanities Jane Austen Professor Dr.Behtash Student Z.Dehghan November 2013
  • 4. I . Introduction II. Life III. Early works IV. Later works V. Illness and Death VI. Pride and Prejudice VII. Reasons for novel's everlasting popularity
  • 5.  Jane Austen (1775-1817) was an English novelist.  Noted for her witty studies of early-19th-century English society.  Austen portrayed the quiet, day-to-day life of members of the upper middle class.  Her works combine romantic comedy with social satire and psychological insight.
  • 6.  There are two common themes in Austen’s books:  The loss of illusions—usually leading characters to a more mature outlook  The clash between traditional moral ideals and the everyday demands of life  Because of her sensitivity to universal patterns of human behavior, Austen was one of the greatest novelists of the 19th and 20th centuries
  • 7.  Jane Austen was born on16 December 1775 in Steventon , Hampshire, England.  Jane was the seventh child of eight.  Apart from three years of school in Oxford which she attended with her older sister, Cassandra, she was educated at home.  At age 13, she was writing amusing and instructive parodies and variations on 18th-century literature—from sentimental novels to serious histories.
  • 8.  At age 23, she had written three novels:  Elinor and Marianne  First Impressions  Susan  In 1801 the family moved to the town of Bath.  After Jane’s father death in 1805 Jane, Cassandra, and their mother moved to the village of Chawton, very near Steventon.  She led a secluded life with her family, never marrying.
  • 10.  The first period of her writing lasted from 1795 to 1798. During this time she wrote the first versions of:  Sense and Sensibility  Pride and Prejudice  Northanger Abbey
  • 11.  Austen’s family preserved the writing she did as a teenager which was published more than a century after her death as: Love & Friendship  It is a comic parody of 18th-century melodramatic fiction.
  • 12.  Austen’s second important period of writing lasted from 1811 to 1816:  revised and prepared Sense and Sensibility and Pride and Prejudice for publication Wrote her last three completed novels:  Mansfield Park (1814)  Emma(1816)  Persuasion (1818)
  • 13.  Several other incomplete works were published after Austen's death.  The Watsons (1923)  Fragment of a Novel (1925)  Plan of a Novel (1926)  Her correspondence has been published as Jane Austen’s Letters (1932; revised edition, 1952).
  • 14.  Although the cause of Austen's final illness is not known for certain, the symptoms seem to suggest that she may have been affected by Addison's disease.  Austen died in Winchester on 18 July, 1817, at the age of 41.  She was buried in Winchester Cathedral on 24 July , 1817.
  • 16.  Pride and Prejudice is a complex novel mixing romance with realism.  Austen used a variety of features to make this novel seem more realistic and relevant to the period of the 19th century.  At the same time it has also the touch of romance.
  • 17.  The plot of Pride and Prejudice is like the plot of a romance.  The social reality for women during 19th century was that it was almost impossible to survive without a man’s care, so it was typical for a young woman to live in her father’s house until she moved into her husbands.  Because of this social climate, the reality is that the five Bennet sisters do not have a choice about marriage. They must marry in order to secure their financial future.
  • 18.  Austen addresses the social realities of the time and also satisfies the reader’s desire for romance by having Jane and Elizabeth’s suitors not only be rich but also be dashing, attractive and moral.  Realism of characters makes the novel more believable and they also contribute to fulfill romantic appeal of the novel.  A special emphasis has been placed on the way Austen portrays her character’s speech and thoughts. Dialogue is described as the most appropriate means in order to achieve a close approach to reality.
  • 19.  We also find the touch of romance in the dialogues.  There are elements of conventional romance in the novel. Since the picture drawn is of everyday life and activities, it is easy for us to comprehend it and is that much more real to us.
  • 20. Her most famous works include six well-read novels:
  • 27. 1. Limitations and range  she takes the reader into the minds of the characters, and her acute observation makes us really feel we know them.  Her use of irony is masterly.  She has a good ear for dialogue, and her characters represent universal failings and strengths, and so are instantly recognizable and interesting.
  • 28.  Jane Austen’s world, with its ability to ignore the outside world and comforting absence of disaster and horrific suffering is one to which the modern reader can escape and find a certainty and tranquility that perhaps his life does not offer. 2. Manners and morality  Manners matter greatly in Jane Austen's world.  Behavior must be controlled.  Austen admires love, generosity, compassion and common sense.  She can sometimes be seen as callous, mercenary and heartless.
  • 29. 3. Style  Clarity, economy , skillful use of dialogue, tight plotting and satisfying completeness to her plots are the main features of Jane Austen's style. 4. Other themes and topics  Houses ,estates, and family wealth run like an undercurrent through many of the novels.  Duty and decorum are used to describe manners.  Rank and money matter greatly in the novels.
  • 31. “It isn't what we say or think that defines us, but what we do” Jane Austen