Week 11: Which Jane Austen Character Do I Most Relate To?

love Jane Austen. And, in light of this announcement, I have a confession to make. I haven’t read every Jane Austen book yet.

I know, I know… What kind of fan must I be to not have read all her novels? Especially considering the fact that there aren’t many (and it’s not like she’s going to write any more). But to be perfectly honest, I don’t really care what people think of me in this regard. I’ve read Pride & Prejudice probably 5 times; Emma twice; and Mansfield Park, Sense & Sensibility, and Persuasion once each.

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In the past couple of years, Jane Austen has managed to come back into vogue as a direct result of The Lizzie Bennet Diaries – thanks to Hank Green, Bernie Su, and (the new) Pemberley Digital. They’ve since created 2 spin-offs based on other Jane Austen works (including Sanditon, a novel she never finished because, well, she died). Emma Approved is running now, based on the novel Emma. Honestly, I don’t really care for the spin-offs/additional series, but that’s neither here nor there. What I do love is the fact that it’s encouraging today’s youth to slog through what, today, is generally considered very dense literature.

But that’s not what I’m here to discuss! I’m here to talk about which Jane Austen character I feel most connected with.

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That’s actually a relatively easy one for me to answer – Fanny Price from Mansfield Park.

She smart and insightful, dedicated to a moral lifestyle – but shy and uncertain. I don’t necessarily believe in the same exact morals as she does, but I hold to my moral code just as she does. I love to learn and feel like I have a good sense for people.

As much as people consider me a social butterfly, I have always been shy inside. I constantly doubt myself and periodically question the motives of those around me. Not because I distrust them, but because I’ve trusted the wrong people in the past. Despite this, I am still inclined to trust people quickly.

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Fanny is unwilling to compromise her beliefs or speak untruths, and I do my best to stand true to my beliefs and to speak my mind, whatever my beliefs or thoughts may be. But I also do my best to avoid actively hurting others with my words. It’s one thing to speak your mind and another to purposefully hurt someone.

In the end, Fanny fights for what she believes in and for what she wants. It takes her a while to figure out what that is, and that’s a major reason I feel a connection with her character. It took me a long time to find my path in life. Heck, I’m still finding it. But I’ve continued to discover what I want and to pursue those dreams.

Now I’m curious… which Jane Austen characters do you identify with?

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  1. I have to admit I don’t know Austen well enough to pick a charactor that I identify with, but Fanny sounds pretty cool!

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