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First Reader

Dr. Tom Auffenberg

Second Reader

Dr. Johnny Wink

Third Reader

Professor Betty J. McCommas


Psychologists have argued for years over the effects of heredity versus the effects of the environment in the development of the individual. While both play an important role in everyone's development the artist or writer leaves behind a more visible record of these effects. Although not written from a psychologist's viewpoint, this paper will focus on the environment which helped to shape the novelist Jane Austen and the reflection of that environment which is found in her six major novels: Northanger Abbey, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, Persuasion, Emma, and Mansfield Park.



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