Dr. Shikha Gupta
Department of English
S. S. Khanna Girls Degree College – Attarsuiya, Allahabad
Jane Austen’s characters are instruments of a profound vision, she laughs at man and examines humans closely. Jane Austen’s heroines are not idealised creatures, they are credible human begin. The heroines are truly lovable flesh and blood young women. Emma & Elizabeth can in fact be seen as the prototypes of a distinguished lines of heroines who are active shaping forces in their fictional worlds rather than passive victims in the tradition of Samuel Richardson’s Pamela and Clarissa’14. The portrayal of her different heroines is like a discussion and investigation into the different natures of women.
George Eliot’s leading ladies are high minded souls who appear to be slightly condescending towards their less mature peers, but they gradually grow out of this as they continue to mature. They give up their idealistic schemes and find for themselves lives of genuine, practical service to others.
KEY WORDS- Profound , Prototype ,Condescending, Idealistic .