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2009 Essay Contest

Winning Entries

Topic: Siblings in Jane Austen’s Novels

Siblings abound in Jane Austen’s novels. Some siblings act as foils to each other; others are in competition; still others are mutually supportive and encouraging. Examine the importance of siblings in one or two Austen novels. Discuss how they function in the novel and how they embody larger themes. You may focus on one sibling relationship or you may compare relationships, either within a novel or between two novels.

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

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