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Consider the presentation of the two main characters. What are Austin and Trevor telling us about the pressure on women in the past and present?

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Consider the presentation of the two main characters. What are Austin and Trevor telling us about the pressure on women in the past and present? Jane Austin wrote 'The Three Sisters' in the 19th century. Jane Austin lived in a mercenary world, and she reflects this in her novels. No secret is made of the need to marry for money. Jane Austin believed that for marriage to work, people must have the same interests. The Three Sisters is about a woman called Mary. She has been proposed to by Mr Watts. He is older than her but she decides to marry him for his wealth and money. She also wants to get married before any of her sisters and the Duttons. However she fears her life will be miserable if she chooses to accept Mr Watts' proposal. ...read more.

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Mary is the eldest of the sisters. She has had her first offer of marriage, but she doesn't know how to value it. She wants to be the first to be married, she does not want to marry Mr Watts but she wants to get married before Georgiana and Sophy. She knows that if she turns down the offer, Mr Watts shall ask either one of the sisters, and following the traditional conventions of the time she is expected to marry before her younger sisters. Mary appears to be very confused one moment she says "I shall have him" and the next "I hate him more than anything else in the world" Austin writes about her own class, the upper middle class, and is very critical about their lifestyles and social behaviour, creating very amusing characters and describing them with crony. ...read more.

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Austin's story is written in first person narrative, in letter form. This helps us to understand the characters fully. In the two stories the women receive pressure from the society they live in. Teresa also receives pressure from the local priest Father Hogan, who shows very little feelings for her when she confesses that she does not love Artie " under the circumstances that line of talk is irrelevant" Mary receives pressure also from her mother who is "determined not to let this opportunity escape of settling one my daughters so advantageously" I think it is a lot easier to get married in modern society because we have no restrictions in who we choose to marry. We also do not have our parents choose who we marry, so there is no excuse for marrying some one who you do not love. ?? ?? ?? ?? Nicolas Lysandrou 14 April 2002 Page 1 of 3 ...read more.

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