Another installment for Austen August today! Today’s post is talking about the reasons why I love Jane Austen and her writing so much.
Firstly, one of the main reasons why I love Jane Austen’s writing is because of the characters she creates. They are intriguing and entertaining, as well as being realistic and relatable. She writes characters that are selfish, empathetic, sassy, generous, unkind, stubborn… All her characters are flawed in some way (some more noticeably so than others!) Even our favourite heroines written by Austen have some massive flaws and Austen doesn’t shy away from showing this. As I read more and more of Austen’s work, it has become clear that Jane Austen truly understood the human character. Her characters are complex, not one-sided and, for me, that really makes her writing enjoyable and informative to read.
Secondly, her writing is a great example of social commentary at the time. As mentioned above, she doesn’t shy away from writing complex characters and their experiences and situations. I find her writing to be sarcastic, sassy and witty. She wrote only about what she knew, had seen or experienced. I love that she was not above making sarcastic observations, as long as she was being truthful. From Jane Austen’s writing it is evident that she lived in a patriarchal and hierarchical rural England, where women were seen as second-class citizens and they were not afforded many rights. Jane Austen did not portray life outside of rural England from the perspective of a woman and, although I would like her books to have greater scope, Jane Austen was adamant that she would never write about ideas and situations that she did not understand or experience. Her desire not to fictionalise certain aspects of Georgian life is commendable.
Lastly, I love Jane Austen herself. She was funny (as seen in her writing), she was a visionary (as seen in the way she wrote female characters as intelligent and able to speak their mind), she was a rebel (it was pretty much unacceptable for women to publish their works back then) and, even to this day, she continues to be inspirational and influential. Jane Austen was aware of her circumstances; undoubtedly, her financial situation and her status as a woman held her back for many years. I love that, in a way, she kind of mocks her situation in her writing. She’s deliberately comical and mocking of her social situation and only someone with a much larger and more open perspective of the world could do this.
I can’t wait to read more about Jane Austen’s life this month!
Thanks for reading,