Musicians typically write music that reflects their personal experiences. Artists also create images that require the input of their personal experiences. Similarly, writers do the exact same thing when they create stories. This is no different for Jane Austen, whose creation of Sanditon reflects on her personal life quite greatly. What we come to understand is that the characters in the novel are plagued with health issues with several “coincidental” injuries. These occurrences are not accidental. What Austen was experiencing during the time of writing Sanditon was Addison’s Disease and the feeling of being disinherited by her late uncle for leaving his wealth to his wife. We also learn that Lady Denham and the Hollis family had inheritance issues that were that were similar to the issues Jane Austen had (Nattress, 2012).
Jane Austen also gives details such as how the town had an underlying dark side to it that featured business ventures and empty promises that gave no real product. There is an intriguing resemblance between her dire health situation and the deteriorating health of those who resorted to the final solution of leaving for Sanditon.
Seemingly this small seaside town known as Sanditon can very well be her fictional interpretation of some southern seaside town in the United Kingdom (specifically a town such as Winchester) where she could be talking about herself and Winchester. Basically In May of 1817, her brother and sister look to get help for their sister so they went to Winchester (Warren, 2008). The setting and plot reveal an inspiration for this unfinished novella to be a compilation of personal experiences in Jane Austen’s own Winchester.
Austen, Jane. “Sanditon.” Sanditon. Project Gutenberg Australia, Mar. 2008. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. <http://gutenberg.net.au/ebooks/fr008641.html>.
Nattress, Laurel Ann. “Sanditon: Plot Summary Chapters 1-4.” Austenprose – A Jane Austen Blog. N.p., 02 June 2012. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. <https://austenprose.com/sanditon-plot-summary-by-chapter/sanditon-plot-summary-chapters-1-4/>.
Warren, Renee. “Jane Austen Biography .” Jane Austen Biography . JaneAustenOrg, 2008. Web. 20 Feb. 2017. <http://www.janeausten.org/jane-austen-biography-page-2.asp>.