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Criticism of entails in Jane Austens Pride and prejudice and Sense and sensibility
2004 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay examines in what ways entails are criticised in the Jane Austen novels Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility. An entail was a legal device in Jane Austen’s time which allowed the eldest male descendant the sole right to inherit the family property. The entails’ negative effect on women’s lives is a key issue in these two novels. The analyses of the narratives show that criticism against entails are presented on two levels: author level and character level. On the author level, the difficult situations the protagonists encounter because of the entails are used to show the negative sides of entails. Here the narrators’ comments also hint at a negative attitude to this law. The character level criticises entails through the characters’ personal qualities and also their comments. Through the juxtaposition of the amiable protagonists and the undeserving heirs of the entails, the characterisations are part of the criticism, which is also delivered through the utterances of other characters. These different ways of criticising entails, which are directed towards both our sense and our emotions, show how unfair and unreasonable they are. In this essay, I hope to have elucidated the criticism of entails in the two novels.

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2004. , 15 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-53739Local ID: ENG C-16OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-53739DiVA: diva2:1102299
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English
Available from: 2017-05-29 Created: 2017-05-29

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