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With particular reference to the novel's opening, How does Jane Austen Present the role of Women in Pride and Prejudice?

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With particular reference to the novel's opening, How does Jane Austen Present the role of Women in Pride and Prejudice? Pride and Prejudice was first published in 1813. This was the time when it had only just been acceptable for women to actually write books and give their opinions. Austen being an author at the time encloses many of her opinions in within the book. She also includes many of the actual facts about the time and ridicules the role of women at the time. Jane Austen ridicules the fact that women at that time were getting married to ensure their financial security rather than marrying out of love. Women at the time didn't marry out of love and thought that having financial security made a good marriage and was the most important reason. Jane Austen uses different characters in the novel to represent different opinions at the time. Elizabeth Bennet represents herself, being a middle classed lady and wanting to marry for love rather than money. ...read more.

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This happened throughout their life as they were chosen by a man to be his wife and so they had to be. Also, middle class women couldn't wear fancy clothing or anything and not a lot of make up. The excitement of getting at the time was incredible. Almost every woman wanted to get married as quickly as possible to the richest man they could find. This would ensure they're financial state in the future and Jane Austen's novel demonstrated this within the Bennet family. Jane Austen is critical in the novel of the role of women and her view is given by the character Elizabeth Bennt. Although her sisters portray the stereotypical view of women at the time, Elizabeth is the opposite. The role of women in society was often inferior to that of men. Jane Austen criticises the stereotypical view of women a lot. A lot of women in the novel who aren't so intelligent, all want to get married to rich men and what she is trying to say is that women at the time who married for money were stupid and didn't know the difference between right and wrong. ...read more.

Conclusion

Many women at the time found that they needed to gossip. In the novel the Bennet sisters seem to gossip about money and men and Mrs Bennet tries to make her daughters thinks that marrying for money was a good idea. Mrs Bennet is a very arrogant and vain character. She is a silly woman and being silly, she promotes silly ideas. This was what Jane Austen was trying to say about Mrs Bennet and how her ideas weren't so clever. I think that Jane Austen is very clever how she writes the novel and uses literacy devices very well. She represents a lot of different opinions and roles of women at the time and she makes sure that Elizabeth's ideas are portrayed cleverly so that the readers will understand them and what Jane is trying to say. The novel was written in a clever way and although it is for entertainment value, it is very educational and full of facts and opinions. Jake Gallop Jake Gallop English Cw ...read more.

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