Jane Austin is currently known today as one of the women who first developed the ideas related to feminism (Abrams). Jane’s work became prevalent in English literature during time of transition from neo-classicism to romanticism (Abrams). She was influenced by a number of other literary figures of her time, and by the society in which she lived. Her writing sometimes reflected earlier writers, whom she sometimes mocked because they always portrayed a perfect world in their writing and the world was not that way. Her writing style was elegant and satirical. In her novels, Jane Austen described people who were the sorts of people she knew. Many of the character s and events in her stories were real events that were occurring in her life (Bloom).
Jane Austin was born in 1775 in Stevenson, Hampshire. She was one of eight children to an Anglican clergymen and his wife (Abrams). She was educated for a short time at a boarding school but the rest of her education came from her father’s library (Abrams). At age twelve Jane began writing for her families’ amusement and her own.
In her parents’ home Jane began to write her own novels and by age twenty- three she had completed the original versions of Northanger abbey, Sense and sensibility and Pride and Prejudice. Her father tried to publish her writing, although her family never thought she would become published writer because it was not considered proper for a young lady during that time (Abrams; Bloom). Jane published sense and sensibility, Mansfield park, and pride and prejudice at her own expense.
Her name was never publicly associated with any of her novels (Abrams). The books just identified the author as a lady. Although women writers of that time became popular, women writers were criticized by those who believed that a women’s place was in the home. Some women writers were even compared to prostitutes, selling themselves for public admiration. The possibility of scorn was what influenced Austen’s decision to publish anonymously (Watkins). It was her favorite brother was who revealed her identity later (Watkins).
The Austin family was accepted socially by wealthier families but was not as wealthy as these families. This made it hard for their daughters to attract suitors because there was not anything to be gained by the suitor’s family. Jane received a marriage proposal but turned it down because she did not want to sacrifice her life as an author to juggle being a wife, mother and gentry hostess (Abrams). Jane Austin was one of the first women in the public eye to say that women did not have to conform to norms that were set by society (Johnson). Jane made it very clear in her writing that it was unfair for women to marry for class; she mocked this idea in her writings (Bloom; Johnson).
After visiting her brother Edward and his wife Elizabeth, in 1796 Jane began writing pride and prejudice. Austen wrote Pride & Prejudice as a reflection of the times she lived...