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How do the two authors present the lives of women in the two works, which are almost two hundred years apart? - Jane Austen's "Pride And Prejudice" and Fay Weldon's "Weekend".

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How do the two authors present the lives of women in the two works, which are almost two hundred years apart? Jane Austen's "Pride And Prejudice" and Fay Weldon's "Weekend" are very different in many ways, yet they do have one aspect in common - they are both commenting on society, in particular, women in society. Both works are written in 3rd person narrative, but both take a narrative angle on the main characters, Elizabeth in "Pride And Prejudice" and Martha in "Weekend". ...read more.

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Jane Austen is commenting that in her society everyone believes that marriage is of great importance. However, the opening lines of "Weekend" are more of an introduction to the characters of the story. "Martha had everything packed into the car and the three children appropriately dressed and in the back seat, complete with educational games and wholewheat biscuits" Page 352 This immediately introduces us to Martha's character. It shows her to be a responsible mother, and when compared with her husband, Martin, she seems to organise everything, especially matters involving family life. ...read more.

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The way in which Fay Weldon has wrote about what Martin has to do, it seems to be a chore to switch the television off, almost as if it justifies Martha having to do everything else. Both Austen and Weldon are critical of their society. This is probably more obviously done by Weldon. Martha is a typical twentieth century woman - wife, mother of three children, housekeeper and career woman. She works full time trying to build on her career whilst taking care of the family. Martin however is not as involved with the family. He works but does not believe that Martha should be working. ...read more.

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