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International Journal of Research in English

Vol. 6, Issue 1, Part C (2024)

Witty banter, wedded bliss, and moral compass: Navigating Jane Austen's orderly universe

Author(s):

Lata Tripathi and Sonal Tandon

Abstract:

Jane Austen's novels, renowned for their wit and social commentary, offer a captivating glimpse into the world of early 19th-century England. Beneath the surface of elegant balls and witty repartee lies a deeper concern: the pursuit of social cohesion and individual stability. This paper explores the intricate social structures and moral compass that guide Austen's characters in their quest for ‘wedded bliss’ within an ‘orderly universe.’
The paper delves into the complexities of marriage, money, and morality in Austen's world. It examines how societal expectations regarding social hierarchy and financial security shape the choices characters make. We see characters like Elizabeth Bennet (Pride and Prejudice) navigate marriage proposals with a blend of reason and wit, prioritizing compatibility and emotional connection over purely mercenary motives. The challenges faced by women in a society with limited options for financial independence are also explored.
This work explores the concept of order and morality that underpins Austen's world. We see how her novels champion reason and social harmony over the passionate extremes of Romanticism. Characters like Fanny Price (Mansfield Park) prioritize moral grounding and self-sacrifice over personal gain. It also examines the subtle critique of societal flaws woven into Austen's narratives, with characters like Mr. Collins (Pride and Prejudice) serving as parodies of social climbers lacking genuine substance.
By examining these themes, the paper argues that Austen's novels transcend mere social commentary. They offer a timeless exploration of human nature, highlighting the enduring pursuit of happiness, love, and a meaningful life within the confines of social structures.

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International Journal of Research in English
How to cite this article:
Lata Tripathi and Sonal Tandon. Witty banter, wedded bliss, and moral compass: Navigating Jane Austen's orderly universe. Int. J. Res. Engl. 2024;6(1):138-145. DOI: 10.33545/26648717.2024.v6.i1c.178
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