Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey,
The novel from the introduction tells us that heros and heroines, are born of people who have obstacles triumphs far outside of an average family structure and household. Merely, the meagerness of attentive parents who bore 10 children, plainly, would be outside of the relm of a heroine.
A heroine is defined as a “woman of distinguished courage or ability, admired for her brave deeds and noble qualities.”
In the reading, it is narrated that “But when a young lady is to be a heroine, the perverseness of forty surrounding families cannot prevent her. Something must and will happen to throw a hero in her way.” This is reference that as Catherine aged, it was inevitable that she would seek life adventures aboard. “..and probably aware if adventures will not befall a young lady in her own village, she must seek them abroad…” (p.8) and become the heroine of the story.
She states, even in the beginning of our readings, quotes that she was in training for from 15-17. “..from the Pope, ‘bear about the mockery of woe.’…”she continues on with the lessons of the great historical influences and what life lesson she takes from each. She, as a heroine, gravitated towards journey.
It fancies me that, “our heroine’s entrée into life could not take place till after three to four days had been spent in learning what was mostly worn,” (p.10) The women are in a era of judgment consistently. For sensibility and clothing, your dressing and your intellectual ability wasn’t just a simple reflection of how you feel at the moment, it stood for your character. We see how this overlaps with classism, from ‘She Stoops to Conquer’ with Miss Hardcastle in her judgments and decision to deceive her beau with appearance.
The concern of woman and their rights is reflected in the works of our reading. There is strong evidence of objectification slightly similar to that as with the role of slave labors. The women’s role even as a heroine, objectified.