Catherine Morland - Jane Austen uses many different literary techniques throughout the introduction of Northanger Abbey to characterize Catherine

Catherine Morland - Jane Austen uses many different...

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Jane Austen uses many different literary techniques throughout the introduction of Northanger Abbey to characterize Catherine Morland such as imagery, vocabulary, and point of view. One literary technique that Austen uses to characterize Catherine Morland is imagery. Austen uses this extensive imagery to give the reader a detailed description of what Catherine looks like. This creates a vivid picture in the reader’s mind of the character and allows them to picture what she actually looks like as they read the passage. For example, Austen states, “…but the Morlands had little other right to the word, for they were in general very plain, and Catherine, for many years of her life, as plain as any. She had a thin awkward figure, a sallow skin without colour, dark lank hair, and strong features; so much for her person, and not less unpropitious for heroism seemed her mind,” (lines21-27). This quote is an example of direct presentation and tells the audience outright what the character of Catherine Morland looks like.

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