Themes & Characters in “Sanditon”

“Sanditon” is written by Jane Austen in 1817 and is a fictional resort on the British seaside which represents the future and change. Throughout the process of writing “Sanditon,” Austen falls sick which leads to her passing away and the story being left unfinished.

I made a Pinterest board for the characters and themes presented in “Sanditon.” I chose to focus on the characters because they play a crucial role in the story as the different families represent the different stages of life.

The Heywood family represent respectability and land because they have property, tenants, and farms. Although they have several properties, they represent the past because they focus on themselves and not advancing. I’ve included quotes about respect and an woman’s outfit from the 1820’s to represent the Heywood’s. As well, The Parker family have property in Sanditon but they represent the future because Thomas Parker wants to buy every property in Sanditon and direct people visit. The head of the Denham Family, Laney is titled from benefiting from a past marriage and has enough money and support to distribute Sandition but she is cheap. Laney’s niece Clara is poor and relies on Laney while Laney’s brother Edward relies on inheritance. I’ve added pictures of money, and quotes of being rich and poor to represent the social class in the Denham family.

“Sanditon” demonstrates several themes throughout the unfinished novel. Firstly, “Sanditon” discusses tourism and travel because people travel to speculate and relax in the resort. People coming to Sanditon are excited but there is criticism that the people of Sanditon aren’t doing any work and have a lot of free time on their hands. Since people have more leisure time, this leads to characters harming their own health. For example, the Parker sisters pull out their teeth and get leaches when they are feeling ill. These are quite extreme measures to become healthy and makes the reader question why they don’t have a doctor on a resort to give them proper health care. Lastly, romance and marriage drive the plot as several characters are ending up together in marriage. As a reader, I found all the marriages disturbing because of the seduction occurring to the female characters.

Overall, I found that the characters drive the plot of “Sanditon” which is why I decided to focus on them in the Pinterest board. “Sanditon” brings people away from the real world and takes them into a fictional setting which is what I tried to convey in the pictures.

Works Cited

Austen, J. (1817). Retrieved from Sanditon : http://bjzc.org/lib/96/ywyz/ts096068.pdf

 

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Toby Litt’s “Slice” Postcard

For my postcard, I’ve made the assumption that Lisa has left London and moved to New York. The postcard is being sent to her parents in London along with the letter posted below. I’ve included 3 pictures of New York and 1 picture of Lisa travelling to New York. Also, there are 3 pictures of what Lisa misses the most about London, with more emphasis on Mary Jane’s diary.

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Hi Ray and Lynn! I hope you are doing well lol, and not freaking out too much.

I know I’ve been a bad girl leaving home and exploring on my own but I thought I would write you a quick note to let you know that I am a-ok! From my postcard, I’m sure you’ve noticed that I’ve relocated to the big apple! Yea, London wasn’t doing it for me so I thought it was best to get away.

Now that I have my cellphone and camera back, I can live my life fully and not be bothered by anyone. I do have to admit, there is one thing that I miss in London, which is going through Mary Jane’s diary. I regret not bringing it with me to New York but I had to pack light. Maybe you can mail me the diary?

Ever since I went through the hole my life has taken a 180 degree turn. Now don’t get me wrong, I do appreciate everything you’ve done for me but London was just not for me and I had made that very clear from the start. You both wouldn’t listen to me, so I had no choice but to go through.

Well, I’ve got to continue with my day. If you do get a chance to mail her diary, feel free to write me back. Take care you both, and maybe I’ll see you in New York one day.

Current mood: ecstatic

Current music: Charged Up by Drake

 

Litt, Toby. Slice. March 2008. We Tell Stories.

Litt,Toby. slicequeen’s Photostream. March 2008. We Tell Stories.

*all pictures from New York are my own photo’s I’ve taken.*