So, I finished the book today and was gratified with a typical Austen-ending: everyone married and happy (don't we like it all aaaah) :). But what was the thing with Captain Tilney, the older brother of Henry and Eleanor and heir to Northanger Abbey? James Morland is engaged to Isabella Thorpe and Henry, Eleanor and father General Tilney take an instant liking to Catherine, James's sister. Led on by Henry, of course. Captain Frederick Tilney then turns up, wants to be introduced to Isabella because he seems to like her, although she has no mind to dance, because clearly she is engaged to James, which no-one knows. Then, when it is out as consent of all parties has been obtained, and Catherine is gone, suddenly Frederick Tilney moves on her and seduces her so she breaks off the engagement with James (which she didn't like because of lack of money after all) in favour of Tilney, who is perfectly sure of his father refusing him consent as she is even worse off than Catherine... Surely, luring away a girl is not honorable to do, like the others said in the book, but, moreover, it cannot be very assuring that a woman is so fickle? You will be the next is surely what one must think, as the Tilneys said. So what would he have wanted with such one, then? But what is behind the action then, as there is always something behind it with Austen? Did Frederick like his brother so much, as other family relationships would suggest, that he knew that his father would object to a pennyless connection for Henry (James and Isabella on an income of 400 a year) and therefore seduced the girl whom he saw instantly as only after money, knowing very well that his father would never consent as the girl in question has no penny to her name? So, pennyless woman gone, father Tilney happy, Henry happy, and James Morland a narrow escape from a loveless marriage. That is win-win-win. Or was he just being a jerk for a little while and just liked a little game? Though that seems unlikely, as none of the family are, and as the other family members do not seem to believe their eyes when they read about it. Or was there just no engagement with Frederick at all and did Isabella make it up in order to drive James away, which she came back on in her last letter and tried to secure him anyway, by way of second choice? It did not work out with Frederick, so she must take James or otherwise have her name sullied (because why would a man back off? We have seen that in Sense and Sensibility, that does not happen with an honourable man) I'm a little puzzled here... Any thoughts?
Hi all! I sure hope someone replies to this. I joined these forums solely in order to ask my question: How do you pronounce "Northanger" as in Austen's novel? Thanks so much! Katie
I am currently in my final year in school. As required, we are required to produce at least five book reviews by various types of authors. I've always been intrigued by authors that were featured in the eighteenth and nineteenth century and the multitude of books by Jane Austen provided no exception. I find her view on the world as well as the satire which is interwoven within the characters especially wicked and appealing. An outstanding innovation!
If you can help I have been doing a lot of research on a small essay regarding gothic conventions Austen uses in Northanger Abbey. The question is, Discuss Austsens use of gothic convention and her creation of suspense.How can one write four or five pages on this basic material?
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Northanger Abbey is a great read. It really makes you sit back and think about your own life. Catherine sees herself and her life in terms of the books she's read and more specifically the gothic and romantic genres. I think we all do this. Many of us, me included, expect to be involved in a real-life 'romantic comedy' along the lines of 'about a boy' 'sleepless in seatle' or 'you've got mail' at some point in our lives. Is this a realistic expectation? probably not. But we are so used to watching these genres, we know the stories so well that we cant help but expect the same from our own lives. But does Catherine end up experiencing more or less as a result of this. I believe that she misses out on valuable experience because she can not percieve her world in an independant way. Fabulous book.
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