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The Topic of Education in Mansfield Park and Wuthering Heights


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Ivaniš, Kristina. (2015). The Topic of Education in Mansfield Park and Wuthering Heights. Diploma Thesis. Filozofski fakultet u Zagrebu, Department of English Language and Literature. [mentor Knežević, Borislav].

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Analyzing the topic of education in two nineteenth-century novels, Mansfield Park and Wuthering Heights, apart from introduction and conclusion, the paper consist of the main parts which, divided into two sections, regards different aspects of education in two mentioned novels. The first section of the main part deals with the aspects of education taking place in three major Mansfield Park’s localities paying particular attention to the one of Mansfield Park where the novel’s heroine, Fanny Price, receives her education. Having answered the question what the novel’s author, Jane Austen, sees as the prime concern in education of young girls during that period, the rest of the analysis concerns the topic of education in Mansfield Park referring to Fanny Price’s role both of a student and a teacher, as well as the way in which novel presents the influence of different environments on educational practices. Presenting conduct, morality, and principles as the prime concern of the education, Austen chooses characters coming from the localities of Mansfield Park, London, and Portsmouth to stress the influence different environments have on the approach to the education. With the end of the novel, Austen presents a triumph of education with Fanny both becoming a role-model of a proper education and meeting her Aunt Norris’s expectations by finding husband and settling well. The second section of the main part regards the topic of education inside Emily Brontë’s novel Wuthering Heights. Again, starting with the case of a child named Heathcliff brought into Earnshaw family, the paper discusses the aspects of education, specifically denial of it happening at a more narrow localities than the ones in Austen’s novel. With the revengeful denial of education experienced by Heathcliff, and later on by Hareton Earnshaw, Brontë relates education with the questions of class and colonialism. Similarly to Austen, Emily Brontë uses two different localities to stress the influence of environment on education 49 and upbringing of novel’s characters. By confronting the estates of Wuthering Heights and Trushcross Grange, not only does Brontë present the personal conflicts happening between their tenants, but she also shows the amount of attention she pays to the topic of education in her novel. In this sense, only when the proper educational climate taking place at Trushcross Grange takes root in Wuthering Heights does the novel reach its end. Presenting intersections of two novels, conclusion part points at the way both Jane Austen and Emily Brontë bring the topic of education in a close relation to the other aspects of characters’ lives. Introduction and upbringing of the Other in Bertram and Earnshaw family gives space to analyzing the topic of education by relating it to the questions of class, economy, colonialism, regional division, religion, gender, choice of one’s marriage partner, etc., thus proving that the topic analyzed in this paper plays an important role in stories of Mansfield Park and Wuthering Heights.

Item Type: Diploma Thesis
Uncontrolled Keywords: Education, nineteenth-century female education, upbringing, conduct, Jane Austen, Mansfield Park, environment and education, Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights, education denial, class, gender, colonialism
Subjects: English language and literature
Departments: Department of English Language and Literature
Supervisor: Knežević, Borislav
Date Deposited: 22 Apr 2015 08:40
Last Modified: 22 Apr 2015 08:40

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