Letters To Alice Essay

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Intertextual relationships between texts take place on a number of different levels, both implicitly and explicitly. Exchange of meaning creates a dialogue between two, at times, contextually varied works. This variance highlights the hegemonic values and attitudes of each text at the time of production. When comparing Jane Austen’s regency novel Pride and Prejudice and Fay Weldon’s 1984 text, Letters to Alice, the long-standing preoccupation with individualism and its relationship to social order, the inherit human obsession with hierarchy and the role of literature as a shaping force of the subject’s relationship to the world are revealed as key issues that transcend the textual and temporal boundaries of each narrative. Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen…show more content…
Mr Darcy’s characterisation is the epitome of the Regency period, reflecting its qualities and values. As Wickham notes, “He (Darcy) was to be above all company, in having been unworthy to be compared.”(3.5).This harsh use of verbal irony is further disguised by Mrs. Lucas when she notions “With family, fortune, everything in his favor...he has the right to be proud.” (5.18).By satirically executing the unorthodox unions of Elizabeth and Darcy or Jane and Bingley, Austen shatters these social barriers regardless of the ironic social dichotomy. “Your alliance will be a disgrace, you name will never be mentioned by any of us”. The value of social class in Pride and Prejudice is highlighted in the way it overrules every other element in life such as love and happiness. Mr Darcy’s conveys this, as his character digresses: “Could you expect me to rejoice in the inferiority of your connections… whose condition in life is so decidedly beneath my own?” Through this quote it is evident that social stratification was a key component of Regency England’s
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