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If thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought — George Orwell

Which Austen heroine are you?

Posted by metaphorical on 28 January 2007

I am Elizabeth Bennet!

Jupiter9 scores again when it comes to finding fun quizzes. What’s especially neat about this one is that it looks underneath Austen’s bonnet to show the thematic engines that rev within the pages.

Take for example this question:

4. Your ideal mate is…

  • Surprisingly un-dashing, but romantic in a quiet way.
  • Unpretentious and loving.
  • Proud and a bit standoffish, but kind-hearted and passionate.
  • A bit blind to your charms, and sometimes blindsided by a pretty face and sharp wit.
  • A good judge of character, with a playful sense of humor.
  • Constant.
  • Mature, generous, and good-looking.

That’s not meant as any kind of criticism of Austen. Themes, when stripped down to their essentials, always look like clichés; they’re supposed to. Theme is the universalistic part of writing, it represents the way a story speaks to everyone. Stories are then differentiated by unique and engaging characters, well-described adventures, engaging scenes, and so on—the ways the heroine overcomes adversity, finds true love, or matures, works through her pride, and releases herself from her prejudices.

How well does this quiz do? It’s dead-on! I am Elizabeth Bennet (as is Jupiter9!), my favorite character in my favorite book by my favorite author.

One Response to “Which Austen heroine are you?”

  1. ClaireDePlume said

    I began reading Jane’s works some years ago while staying at a cottage near the wonderfully quaint village of Creemore, lauded as one of the ten prettiest towns in Ontario, and home of a naturally brewed beer (no back bacon though). A few doors from the clock shop I found the only bookstore in town, filled with “just classics”. Discovering Jane here was true mind-candy. Though I’m not so sure about my quiz results…

    :: A N N E ::

    You are Anne Elliot of Persuasion! Let’s face it, you’re easily persuaded, especially when faced with choices that are or aren’t ‘the Elliot way.’ But this doesn’t mean that you don’t have conviction. Actually, your sense of duty is overwhelming. And though you won’t stick your neck out too often, you have learned to speak up when it counts. To boot, you know how to handle sticky situations. You love deeply and constantly.

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