AA316 – Assignment 1

So that time seems to have crept up on me out of nowhere… assignment time! One thing that I do like about Open University TMA’s (or Tutor Marked Assignments) is that you always get a choice between questions… sometimes both questions are a bit on the awful side, but there’s always one you’d prefer to do.

This assignment is a ‘close reading’ task, and I have the choice between focussing on a passage from Northanger Abbey or from Jane Eyre. These are the questions:

[Northanger Abbey]

How does the passage employ language and narrative techniques to produce its meanings and effects? Briefly consider how the passage relates to the novel’s wider themes, especially love.

OR

[Jane Eyre]

How does the passage employ language and narrative techniques to produce its meanings and effects? Briefly consider how the passage relates to the novel’s wider themes, especially the Gothic.

Which question would you have gone for?

I picked Jane Eyre, for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s one of my favourite books ever. Secondly, I think I’d have more to say about the Gothic in Jane Eyre, than the love in Northanger Abbey. Thirdly, it’s a more interesting extract.

Anyway, I should probably get back to it now… I’ll let you know how it goes!

D x

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