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Jane Austen was an English author born in 1775 and died in 1817. Her 6 most famous works, are, Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice, Sense & Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Emma, and Persuasion. But let’s be clear – one of the most famous writers of all times started her literary journey with the help of self-publishing. Being unable to get a traditional publisher interested in her work, Austen released both Emma and Sense & Sensibility on her own. Thanks to her determination, people from all around the world now can read her classical treasures. As an analyst of human character, Austen observed and dissected the wrongness within humanity, therefore her objective was to reform humanity through her writing.Bubok – Jane – Austen

Here is some life lessons of which her timeless stories can to teach you:

LESSON #1:Laugh at Yourself & Don’t Take Life Too Seriously

Both Jane’s letters and novels illustrate her gift for finding humour in the smallest of things. Despite her life taking some dark turns – contracting deadly illness’s and her families dire financial situation. And also the serious messages which undertone her books. She still has the ability to pepper laughter into her writing. She can be seen laughing at certain annoyances, such as a leak in their house at Southampton, ‘Could my ideas flow as fast as the rain in the store closet, it would be charming.’ She also infuses her work with funny characters, or characters which we can humour, namely Mr. Collins, Mr. Elton, and Mr. Woodhouse. Austen creates a character which epitomises this concept, Elizabeth Bennett, who even says ‘I dearly love to laugh…’.

LESSON#2: Let Your Lover Educate You

This reiterates one of the recognized phrase on love, that ‘opposites attract’. Regardless of its assorted rejections, Austen insists that two different people can compliment one another, if one learns from the other. She explains that someone is right for us if they help us overcome our failings, and in turn make us better people. This teaching is put into practice in Austen’s Pride and Prejudice. Mr Darcy, an upper class man with an unhappy demeanor, and Elizabeth Bennett, an intelligent young woman who enumerates happiness eventually fall in love. Such a match is so ideal as both complement one another. Mr Darcy benefited from her liveliness, resulting in a softening of character. Whilst Elizabeth gained more knowledge and access to the world from Mr. Darcey. It is a lesson on the truth of successful marriages and relationships.

LESSON#3: Karma Is Real

Austen puts a great emphasis on the probability of receiving what you deserve. From this, a lesson can be inferred that one should have good intentions so to avoid downfall. In her novel Emma, Mr Elton’s search for a rich and beautiful wife was a success, however, he was simultaneously punished, as she wasn’t a particularly loyal wife. Likewise, said wife’s lack of loyalty caught up with her, when after her affair was over she spent the rest of her days with her intolerable Aunt Norris. Other characters received the same treatment, such as Caroline Bingley from Pride and Prejudice. Her attempt at winning Darcy over through her attempt at talking down Elizabeth only made Darcy dislike Caroline and like Elizabeth more.

LESSON#4: We Shouldn’t Stop Judging People, but We Have to Do It More Carefully

Jane Austen highlights that we should not necessarily judge people through just one lens. The most obvious platform from which to judge is one of class and wealth. However, Austen emphasizes in her novels that we should place greater importance on other methods of judgement; moral character. She demonstrates this by revealing the moral characters as noble ones, allowing the ones of higher class and avoid of a moral character to fall. Such as Fanny Price in Mansfield Park, who although of lower class in comparison to the rest of her family, comes out on top, because of her morally praiseworthy characteristics. 

 

You can find out more life lessons from Jane Austen here. Or perhaps you have some life lessons you’d like to share with the world through your writing? If so, have a look at Bubok.

 

Written by Isabel Shaw

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