Reread Chapter 1 of Volume 3 of Mansfield Park (243-254 in the Oxford edition). Write an essay discussing how Austen addresses the relationship between interiority and exteriority both in this chapter and in the novel as a whole. You should devote some attention to the ways Austen’s narration navigates between inside and outside (psychological “depth” versus social performance, private and public space, internal virtue and superficial display, etc). In your attention to the novel more widely, you may hone in on particular episodes or plot developments- e.g. the “theatricals,” Henry’s designs on Fanny- or dynamics and themes that emerge in relation to particular characters. You should make clear throughout how you view the elements of the novel you discuss in relation to Austen’s aims and achievements in Mansfield Park a a whole.
-Your paper should have a title and your discussion should be clearly framed. You should avoid paraphrase in favor of attending carefully to specific details and attendant effects from the work(s) in question.