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Module a Essay

  • Submitted by: burkie11
  • on September 18, 2012
  • Category: English
  • Length: 1,141 words

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A reading of Letters to Alice changes the modern responder’s understanding of Pride and Prejudice. Discuss with reference to both texts.

Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice on First reading Jane Austen, through the didactic literary form of an epistolic novel, serves to encourage a heightened understanding of the values and contemporary issues of Jane Austen’s context. In doing so, it makes the modern responder appreciate characters and the values prevalent in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Through the inclusion of relevant contextual information from Austen’s time and didactic statements from the character Aunt Fay, Weldon tells Alice to accept her opinions on the values and issues of Austen’s context. Weldon’s discussion of these, which include marriage, social class and the role and expectations of women within society, transforms a modern responders understanding of the themes and morals explored in Pride and Prejudice and alters the way in which the responder perceives the events and decisions of the characters within the novel.

The importance and value of marriage in the context of Jane Austen and Pride and Prejudice is reinforced through Weldon’s discussion of the options for women outside marriage and its purpose of providing financial security for women. In Pride and Prejudice, Charlotte Lucas is a character who does not think “highly of either men or matrimony”, and hence she marries Mr Collins despite not loving him, to ensure her financial security and elevate her position within society.. In Letters to Alice, Weldon states that before reading Jane Austen, Alice “Must understand.. the world in which Jane Austen was born.” Weldon assists Alice to comprehend the significance of Marriage as a theme in Pride and Prejudice, by highlighting the differences between the modern value assigned to marriage and the value assigned in Austen’s time. She satirically comments that marriage “is the stuff of our women’s magazines, but it was the stuff of their life, their...

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