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Jane Austen`s novel as an example of a depiction of English society in the long nineteenth century

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Between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries when Classicism had came to an end and Romanticism had just started, Jane Austen wrote her famous, fabulous and funny novels. All of them are known as sentimental novels. On the other hand, they are not only romances, but also detailed description of English society in the nineteenth century. According to Burgess, influenced the Age of Reason (Burgess 2003: 173). What is more, it is said that the nineteenth century novels replaced romances easily because they still had the general structure of the romances. Like in a romance, Austen connected the main plot with love affairs. In accordance with the statement of Burgess, her books mixed romantic and classical features (Burgess 2003: 174). This style of writing gave her the popularity of a unique writer who tried to present some a part of the English society, especially the issues connected with women`s life. Mostly she skipped political and historical events and focused on people and their everyday life and love affairs. Human dilemmas were the priority for her. Another important issue was a depiction of the character`s lives in novels. Austen mostly used comical and funny dialogs, tricky plots, and happy endings.
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  • Department of English Language, Poznan College of Modern Language, 59 Św. Marcin Street, 61-806 Poznan, Poland
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