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Jane Austen Heroines Ranked

       
            Jane Austen has written some of the best literary heroines ever found in literature. With her way of making her characters feel very real, and the fact that almost everyone can relate in some way to at least one of them. I have decided to put my opinions on Austen's Heroines in this new blog post. For this blog, I will only be going over the main females that the novels are about. So, for example, I won't be talking about Mary Crawford in Mansfield Park or Harriet Smith in Emma. They are both important to their stories, but for the sake of this post, I won't be discussing them and other characters that are like them (important but not the most important).
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7. Anne Elliot:
           Maybe it's the fact that I could not get into Persuasion at all but I could not connect with this character at all. I think that rereading the novel might make me understand her more, but from this first reading, I did not really get much from her.



6.Fanny Price:
            Don't get me wrong I love Mansfield Park but I just don't really like Fanny Price as a character. I think it might be the fact that she doesn't really have a backbone and lets people walk all over her. Two features that I have never liked in any literary character.



5.Marianne Dashwood:
             One of the two main heroines in Sense and Sensibility Marianne Dashwood would probably get a higher spot if it wasn't for her overdramatic tendencies. She is a definite teenager in the novel as she doesn't seem to have a realistic view of how the world works. While I love her character the other ones on this list best her in character.




4. Catherine Morland:
               The heroine of Northanger Abbey Catherine Morland is definitely interesting. With a passion for novel reading and some naive tendencies, she is definitely someone that a lot of teenagers can relate to. She is also extremely loyal and even though her imagination can get ahead of her she is smart enough to realize when she has gone too far.



3. Emma Woodhouse:
           While Emma is my favorite Austen novel the namesake of the work is not my favorite Austen heroine. Emma is a meddler who thinks she knows best and does not stop to take the advice of other people who know better than her. However, at the same time she seems to do everything that she believes is right, and while that can sometimes be annoying I have to admit that her heart is in the right place on a lot of what she does. She also has some of the best character development of any character I have ever seen in any book ever.


2.Elinor Dashwood:
            The second heroine in Sense and Sensibility Elinor is the opposite of her sister which perhaps is the reason why I love her so much. She is also one of the Austen heroines that I relate to the most. Elinor is sensible, mature, and very human. While she might get frustrating when she thinks before she acts she is also someone that everyone can relate to


1. Elizabeth Bennet:
          Lizzie Bennet for the win! I have always loved Elizabeth Bennet from Pride and Prejudice best out of all of the other Jane Austen heroines. I think it's that I have been able to relate to her more personality wise then to any of the other Austen characters. Still, Elizabeth Bennet is a strong, independent, witty, intelligent woman who does not let anyone dictate her feelings or actions and I think everyone should look up to that. She is also incredibly human and has a lot of flaws that lots of people can relate to.


I hope that you enjoyed this blog post! I had a lot of fun writing it and I hope that you had fun reading it. Do you agree with my list or disagree with it? I'd love to see your opinions in the comments!


Love,
Baleigh

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