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In the novels Pride and Prejudice and Mansfield Park by Jane Austen it is common to encounter a rangeof archetypical characters used by Austen in a variety of situations. Besides our typical Heroines andHeroes. It is common to meet a baroness, a chatty young girl, a rude peer, or a supporting brother. Inparticular within these novels two characters who stood out to me have been Kitty from Pride andPrejudice and Julia Bertram from Mansfield Park. Kitty is the third oldest of the Bennet sisters and itshows. Her inexperience in navigating romantic relationships and even her inexperience in navigatinganything is a huge upset to her life and her family. Compared to Jane or Elizabeth or even Mary shecomes off empty headed, inexperienced and really just a follower of Lydia. Eventually Lydia ends upmarrying Wickham—irresponsibly running off to go be with the officer man who we all know is bad newsand Kitty is no longer under her shadow.At first glance Julia from Mansfield park may not be the perfect match for Kitty. Julia is definitely not youraverage bubble headed young girl. For every ounce of idiocy brought by the third Bennet girl Julia bringsalong a pound of cruelty toward Fanny Price. However, the match is not made by this character traitalone, instead by the fact that she too is a follower. The difference between the two is that where inPride and Prejudice Lydia is the one to run off, in Mansfield Park it is Julia who elopes with John Yates.Maybe it is difficult to say exactly how being out from under the wing of her cruel sister affected herrelationships. However, it is clear that she has taken her following further than even Kitty all the way tothe point of running off. Whereas Kitty stayed home letting Lydia do the wild thing all on her own. ForAusten this points to several social critiques. First, it shows an insight in the way sisters grow up together.

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