Show How Austen Within The Room Of "Two Inches Of Ivory" Creates Her Novel "Pride And Prejudice".

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Jane Austen was extremely modest about her genius, describing her work to her work to her nephew Edward as"That little but (two inches wide) of ivory in which I work with so fine a brush as produces little effect after much labour."Although the world of her novel "Pride and Prejudice" is confined to a small section of society comprising of country-gentry and lesser aristocracy of England in the opening of the 19th century, the novel itself shows page by page how interesting life could be, how fascinating life's twists and turns are, how significant the trivialities are to those concerned.The range of Austen's novel is limited by her own circumstances, her own sex, and her position in the society. But the little world she writes about, she knows inside out. She fills her little world so artfully that when we are in it we do not long for anything else and we feel its fullness as well. She practiced what she preached."There are four families in a country village" is the very thing to work on. She sticks to what she knows and is refusing to include in her novel what does not properly belong to village life; she is an artist.Austen has an acute interest in personalities, her field is the human heart. Therefore, although she writes in the years of war between England and France while Napoleon was changing the map of Europe, in her novel we find not mention of "Britain at war." In "Pride and Prejudice" soldiers like Wickham, come to Meryton to provide, in a sense, amusement for the girls. Austen thus does not impose anything harsh or unnecessary on her novel; this alludes to the artistic unity of her creation. She consciously limits herself and does not write anything beyond her experience. It may well be mentioned here that in "A Room One's Own" Virginia Woolf pays a rich tribute to Austen by mentioning that novels like "War and Peace" could never be written by any female novelist, but certainly no Tolstoy could ever write the novels of Jane Austen.Austen deliberately and wisely limits herself to a few families and a limited number of characters in "Pride and Prejudice". Her characters live in comfort in country houses; their lives consist of holding balls, attending parties, visiting each other's house and thus amusing themselves. In that society even a small event is given a higher importance. Thereby a ball at the Bingleys or at the Lucases is eagerly anticipated and minutely analyzed.Austen chooses her characters from very ordinary life. Her characters range from the proud aristocrat Darcy to the dull-witted Mrs. Bennet, from the good-natured Jane to the hypocritical Miss Bingley. The men-folks in her novel do not in fact do nay work whereas the young girls are always in pursuit of good husbands. The girls have somehow managed to turn themselves into husband hunting butterflies. Distant Pembrly, Netherfield and Rosings are the upper limit, whereas Sir W Lucas and Lady Catherine Debourgh are highest in rank, the still higher estates and greater...

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