23 January 2007


I've been doing a bit of self evaluation the last day due to an experience in my Brit Lit class that effected me more than it probably should have. It really wasn't that big of a deal-but for the sake of everyone (but Liz who was there), here's how it happened-

We've been reading Pride and Prejudice and yesterday after having finished the book, our professor and TA lined a few of us up based on character traits we share with different people in the book, and I was brought up by the TA as Jane Bennett. *double take*. Jane? Jane's sweet. And completely innocent. And doesn't judge anyone, and she's shy and modest etc. etc. etc. I can see parts of myself in a few other Austen heroines but never Jane. For the obvious reason that I talk and she doesn't and I see her as being prettier than I see myself, and she doesn't judge others.

I'm probably taking the little exercise a little too seriously, but I've been thinking about Jane and, as a result, Elinor Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility today more than I've been paying attention in classes. I see Elinor as Jane version 2.0-she's still more reserved when it comes to how she feels, but she's witty. She judges others, but is able to forgive. She has a little more pluck, but she's still just as loyal to duty. In other words, I guess I've finally decided that even though I'm probably just as outspoken as Elizabeth is, my real hero is Elinor. All the die hard Pride and Prejudice fans will hate me for it, but Sense and Sensibility is officially my favorite book by Austen, and I think Elinor is a more valuable heroine, and a more dynamic heroine than Elizabeth is. Elizabeth is funny, and though she does undergo some change which makes her dynamic, I value Elinor's strength even more.

I suppose I could formulate this into an interesting essay someday-but for now, just know that I've been doing some self evaluation (if you care), and I'm posting in my blog when I don't have time (to please Liz :P), and I'm in love with my British Lit class, for finally doing what lit classes are supposed to do-Hold up that mirror to the reader and force you to see beyond the nice romance or the morbid revolution, or the entertaining comedy-and look back at yourself with the questions "So what? What have I learned from this, and how am I going to change?"


The Girl in the Other Room said...

I'm glad I'm not the only one undergoing some self-evaluation. I wonder which Jane Austen character I would be picked to represent by my teachers ... I need a really good brit lit class. Too bad I'm taking it online right now. I really love the classroom experience. And ti is okay that Sense and Sensability is your favorite because for a while it was my favorite but then I fell in love with Mansfield Park which I think may tie with Pride and Prejudice as a favorite. Jane Austen is lovely, even though sometimes you are just not in the mood.

editorgirl said...

Success! I wanted to put you and Liz into roles that you wouldn't claim yourselves. And you do share a certain sweetness with Jane.

For the record, I'm with you--Elinor is hands down my favorite Austen "heroine." Given the chance, I'd take her stoicism and simple love over Elizabeth's analysis and attitude.

P.S. I hope Liz warned you that I was on this circuit.