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2010 Essay Contest

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Topic: Mayhem in Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey, while short, is full of mayhem of one sort or another. (Note: “mayhem” can refer to conflict, destruction, chaos, disorder, or confusion.) Discuss how Jane Austen uses mayhem as a plot element in Northanger Abbey to increase our understanding of one or more of the characters.

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

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