Jane Austen’s writing style is a mix of neoclassicism and romanticism. Austen created a transition into Romanticism which encourages passion and imagination in writing instead of a strict and stale writing style. It is very emotional and follows a flowing not structured form. Mixing these two styles was one of Austen’s strongest talents, which gave her an edge in the literary world.
No other author in her time was able to create such a strong transition between writing styles. Austen used her sharp and sarcastic wit in all of her writing including in one of her most famous works; Pride and Prejudice. She could create a powerful and dramatic scene and immediately lead it into a satirical cathartic scene. We see these in various locations in Pride and Prejudice. She was able to use her experiences as well as her intense knowledge to create meaningful insights into her words, regardless of what topic she would be discussing.
She often talks about marriage, or breaking the roles of what a person should be. She made controversial works that praised imperfections which praised the new. Many can say that she was indeed an author who was ahead of her time. Austen never focuses on scenery settings in her novels instead she uses the characters dialogues to expose the environment they are placed in which continues to break the mold of what literature was in eighteenth century society. Austen added a romantic touch when it came to her characters dialogues which were able to range from sharp and witty to poetic and emotional. Her characters’ words and actions created a vivid picture of each person and each event to engage the reader into the novel. She focuses on the beauty of a conversation and allows it to display the development and progress of each main character in her novels.
Her style is unique, yet recognizable. She opened the door for new authors and exposed people to a new way of life. Pride and Prejudice is a novel unlike any other, it pushes the limits on what an 18th century society would be exposed to. Jane Austen’s work ultimately marked the transition in English literature from neo-classicism to romanticism. Jane Austen is limitless; she wrote about the beauty of ordinary people and their ordinary lives and allowed that to carry her story forward.
She accepted that society was flawed but basks in the glory of it. She recognized that the beauty in people and in society is not found in perfection but in the imperfection of them. Austin also recognized the hypocrisy and stupidity that was present in the game of marriage but she also seemed to recognize the true value of it. She wrote what she knew, but most important she wrote bout what was around.
What may have seemed insignificant to others was what she found inspirational. Jane Austin is one of the rare authors who is able to open the minds of readers and teach them something. Her satirical yet witty nature allowed her to teach her readers what she experienced and what she felt right and wrong about her society.
It is important to note that she did not criticize anything, but she exposed it. She made what was then considered as irrelevant into what we praise her for. She broke out of the role of what literature should be and opened up new opportunities for other authors to expose and rejoice in what life was, is and will be and not the fantasy of what life should be.