The Question and Answer section for Northanger Abbey is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
Catherine decides to visit Bath with the Allens, Catherine has never been away from her family home in Fullerton for an extended period of time. She goes because she wants some excitement in her life.
As far as I can see, insecurity largely comes via the theme of youth. Northanger Abbey is concerned with young people and their feelings. Heroines in other Austen novels—Elizabeth Bennett in Pride and Prejudice and Emma Woodhouse in Emma, for...