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Jane Austen

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northanger-abbey-jane-austenNarrator, Chapter 1o one who had ever seen Catherine Morland in her infancy would have supposed her born to be an heroine.Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Jane Austen Society of North AmericaCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.Romance & RelationshipsThe importance of marriage makes characters seek a good match.Deceit & ManipulationJohn and Isabella manipulate Catherine and others around them.Coming of AgeCatherine evolves from a clueless child into a mature woman.ThemesWitty, young social climber seeking a husband with money or a titleIsabella ThorpeArrogant, dishonest man; courts Catherine with deception and coercionJohn ThorpeClergyman and second son of a wealthy family; attracted to CatherineHenry TilneyInexperienced young woman; learns to see deception while navigating social circlesCatherine MorlandMain CharactersThe educated daughter of a clergyman, Austen was a successful novelist within her own lifetime and published several novels that remain both popular and critically acclaimed. Austen wrote and sold Northanger Abbey to a publisher in her early 20s, but it was not published until after her death at age 41.JANE AUSTEN17751817AuthorCatherine is sent away from Northanger Abbey but eventually marries Henry.3. MarriageVisiting Henry, Catherine imagines a Gothic-style plot for the ordinary abbey.2. Northanger AbbeyCatherine visits Bath, a popular English resort area, to meet potential spouses. 1. BathNorthanger Abbey plays with the conventions of the novel of manners and Gothic fiction, two genres popular in the late 1700s. In a story about a naive heroine confused by manipulation and enchanted by a hero, Austen satirizes the tropes of both styles while still delivering a romance.A Parodyof English LiteratureOVERVIEWEnglishOriginal Language1817Year PublishedJane AustenAuthorNorthangerAbbeySatireNovel

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