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Northanger Abbey | Study Guide

Jane Austen

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Jane Austen

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Comedy, Romance, Satire

Perspective and Narrator

Northanger Abbey is narrated by a third-person limited omniscient narrator, as events are mostly seen through the character Catherine's eyes, a technique that serves to highlight her weaknesses as well as the irony and satire of the narration. At times, however, this narrator addresses the reading audience directly, using the first-person perspective.


Northanger Abbey is narrated in the past tense.

About the Title

Northanger Abbey is a place name; specifically, the estate of the Tilney family. Additionally, abbeys are a setting typical of the Gothic novels to which Jane Austen is satirizing.


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