• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

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?

Extracts from this document...


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.


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.


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.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Jane Austen section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Jane Austen essays

  1. To compare the portrayal of marriage and representation of women the three texts that ...

    When Guleri heard of the second wife she felt let down by her husband and like he had abandoned her because she could not have a child. She felt as though she was 'indebted to suffer for her inadequacies'. She felt lonely and unloved as if she was impure and saw the only way out as death.

  2. What does Jane Austen’s ‘The Three Sisters’ show us about the lives of women ...

    Men were seen as a gateway to a new life, of riches, and reputation, and personal feelings between the couple were rare. Throughout the story the mother's or Mr Watt's names are never mentioned by their closest relations, their daughters and brides-to-be.

  1. How do the writers present the relationship between parents and children? What issues do ...

    In 'Pride and Prejudice' Mr. Collins has the right to ask Lizzie to marry him, and Mr. Collins comes across to the reader as being very self-confident, "and having no feelings of diffidence to make it distressing to himself even at the moment."

  2. Explore in detail how Elizabeths views and actions are not of a Typical Regency ...

    Jane Austen shows that Fitzwilliam Darcy is actually finer than Elizabeth according to his status, wealth and superiority by the way she describes him and the words that she uses for his status such as 'Mr Darcy soon drew the attention of the room by his fine, tall person, handsome

  1. Jane Austen's presentation of Emma as an unlikeable heroine

    It can be argued that Emma doesn't quite feel sorry. It seems as though Emma is trying to feel remorseful. 'Such a blow for Harriet! That was worst of all!' She feels that Harriet will be dreadfully affected by this so she is empathizing with her.

  2. Explore Austen's Presentation Of Marriage In

    Strong evidence, which very well illustrates the general feelings against marriage for the period, is the marriage of Charlotte Lucas to Mr. Collins. As she quoted: "I am not romantic you know. I never was. I ask only a comfortable home; and considering Mr.

  1. The battle of two halves

    would be ruined if I approached him with my secret, which lay concealed from him in my heart. I woke up one day determined to tell Jonathan the truth about how I felt about him. I stood in front of the mirror telling myself I had to do it no matter what.

  2. Compare how each author presents attitudes towards marriage in "The Three Sisters" by Jane ...

    Census figures reveal that there were more women in than men at this time because many were in the armed forces and the mortality rate for men was higher. This demonstrates the reason for the competition between the Stanhope's and the Dutton's; and also Mary's own sisters.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work