Austen: The Case for a Religious Interpretation Analytical Essay by Hepkitty

Austen: The Case for a Religious Interpretation
Examines religious interpretations in literary texts by the novelist, Jane Austen.
# 49242 | 4,850 words | 10 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Feb 29, 2004 in Literature (English) , Religion and Theology (Christianity) , English (Analysis)

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Although Jane Austen never directly approaches religion in her works, critics have speculated whether or not there are underlying religious implications in Austen's novels. The paper argues that, if one can consider the idea that Austen's fictional worlds contain a worldview that is not only compatible with Christianity, but one that can be profitably examined from a specifically traditional Christian perspective, then there is room for a religious interpretation of Austen's novels.

From the Paper:

"While Austen never specifically refers to religion when dealing with the transitions of the above-mentioned characters, there is a religious example in some of the more negative experiences of minor characters that do not learn from their mistakes. Take, for example, the actions of Maria and Julia Bertram in Mansfield Park. These sisters are perfect examples of characters that do not strive for self-knowledge and therefore never learn from their mistakes. The Bertram sisters do not react to mistakes as educational experiences through which they can improve themselves; instead, they build on mistakes by making more mistakes. "

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