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2002 Essay Contest

Winning Entries

Topic: The World of Jane Austen: Social, Domestic, and Political

Students were asked to address one of the following themes:

  • The impact of class distinctions on characters and events in Persuasion, Emma or Pride and Prejudice;
  • The role of wills and entailment in Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice;
  • The concept of women’s education in Mansfield Park or Emma;
  • The significance of manners or dancing to courtship in any of the novels;
  • The debates over the nature of and prerequisites for marriage in Pride and Prejudice or Persuasion;
  • The significance of friends, patrons and/or extended family in Mansfield Park or Pride and Prejudice;
  • Potential routes for improvement of social status in Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, Persuasion or Emma;
  • Transformation of English society from agrarian to industrial and commercial in Sanditon.

NOTE: Only first-place essays were published online prior to 2012.

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