The Works of Maria Edgeworth Analytical Essay by write123

The Works of Maria Edgeworth
A comprehensive analysis of the style of Irish writer Maria Edgeworth in "The Castle Rackrent", "The Absentee", "Ormond" and "Helen".
# 106547 | 10,366 words | 12 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Aug 08, 2008 in Literature (English) , English (Analysis)

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The paper relates the background of the eighteenth and nineteenth century Irish writer, Maria Edgeworth. The paper focuses on the author's works, "The Castle Rackrent", "The Absentee", "Ormond" and "Helen" and shows how her novels follow the themes of Irish identity and national character and the moral development of the individual in the social context. The paper provides an in-depth look at Edgeworth's style and techniques and concludes that Edgeworth manages to be engaging despite her didacticism and she also succeeds in using all her fictional instruments and devices with the best results. The paper adds that Edgeworth's novels all treat similar issues but they are nevertheless very different, each time revealing a new aspect of her style.

From the Paper:

"Of Anglo-Irish descent, Edgeworth was born in 1768 in Oxfordshire, where she spent most of her early childhood. Her father, Richard Lovell Edgeworth is certainly one of the most important figures in her background, as he had an overwhelming influence on her education and her writing. Her mother, Anna Maria Elers, died when Maria was only six years old, leaving thus even more room for the father figure in the child's life. Soon after, Richard Edgeworth remarried and Honora Sneyd became Maria's first stepmother. The growing family moved to Ireland, and Maria was sent to school in England. When she was twelve years old, her stepmother became ill and died and her father married Elizabeth Sneyd, his second wife's sister, as the latter had actually advised him to do in advance."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • A review of Harrington a Tale and Ormond a Tale. The Edinburgh Review, Vol. XXVIII, No. 56, August, 1817, pp. 390-418. Reprinted in Nineteenth-Century Literature Criticism, Vol. 1
  • Brown, Michael. "The elusive Edgeworth." Irish Literary Supplement 26.1 (Fall 2006): 19(1).
  • Brundan, Katy. "Cosmopolitan complexities in Maria Edgeworth's Work." Studies in the Novel 37.2 (Summer 2005): 123(18).
  • Corbett, Mary Jean. "Another tale to tell: postcolonial theory and the case of 'Castle Rackrent.'." Criticism 36.n3 (Summer 1994): 383(18).
  • Edgeworth, Maria. Tales and Novels by Maria Edgeworth, Volumes 1-10.. New York: BiblioBazaar, 2006.

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