Jane Austen

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The late Eighteenth and early Nineteenth centuries were eras of momentous change. Diversity became increasingly evident in municipal and social issues as well as in literature. This period marked the cease of the romantic era and the birth of the Victorian era in literature. Such a transition period allowed for a whole new breed of authors and style of writing. One such author who is especially acclaimed for writing during this time is Jane Austen. All six of her illustrious novels craftily combine 18th and 19th century concerns and modes of fiction and together have a thematic unity and a consistent excellence that make them one of the supreme achievements of English literature("Jane Austen"). A significant component of Austen's success as an author is her capability to portray an extremely vivid sense of psychological realism in each of her fantastic novels. Because of this the reader can quite quickly relate to all of the characters, especially her vivacious and intelligent women heroines.

Austen's most beloved characters are her heroines. Whether it be the spry and witty Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice(my favorite book and heroine of all time), the sensible and superior Elinor Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility, the handsome and clever Emma Woodhouse of Emma, the genuine and intelligent Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey, or the patient and honored Anne Eliot of Persuasion, a piece of Jane Austen is within each and everyone them. Through the portrayal of her heroines, Austen succeeds in arousing the reader's emotions and makes the characters become a component of the reader's soul.

A heroine is a woman noted for courageous and daring acts as well as her special achievements. Emma Woodhouse, "handsome, clever, and rich, with a comfortable home and happy disposition seemed to unite some of the best blessings of existence;...