Pride and Prejudice

Epistolary Study of Austen

Some of the greatest novels in history were masterfully written with twists and turns often achieved through the existence of complex characters that are either unpredictable or clever at disguising their true motives or desires. Just as a child loves piecing together a puzzle, so does an adult enjoy piecing together clues gathered throughout a story that lead to a well-rounded picture of a character. What makes Jane Austen's novel Pride and Prejudice so popular and appealing to many readers are her unique methods of providing them with information that assists in the development of the plot and the personalities of her characters . One important way in which Austen does this is through the ancient art of letter writing. Through letters that are written between various characters, the reader becomes fully engrossed in the affairs of the parties involved. By following closely, the reader can try to determine the end results of the story as well as attain true understanding of the characters in eager anticipation

Set in early nineteenth century England, the story's primary focus is on the Bennets, a modest upper class family with five daughters and no male heirs. Through Mrs. Bennet's incessant prattling, the reader...

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