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How does Jane Austen show social divide and the difference of era (compared to modern day) in chapter 34 of Pride and Prejudice, the Proposal Scene?

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Pride and Prejudice How does Jane Austen show social divide and the difference of era (compared to modern day) in chapter 34 of Pride and Prejudice, the Proposal Scene? In this chapter the ways in which Jane Austen shows the difference of era between the 18th century and today is by the way that people acted and thought, also by the way that people did things, like writing letters instead of emails, and in those days Ladies did not reject offers of marriage, especially to someone who was rich, it just was the done thing of that time. Ladies would not stand up to men in those days, ladies didn't have an opinion, only because the men wouldn't let them say their opinion because the men thought they were superior over women, they did have them but weren't aloud to say what they thought. Carriages where used then, now cars are used, also other transportation like trains and buses. ...read more.

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When Darcy leaves Elizabeth in the room on her own he says "Forgive me for having taken up so much of your time, and accept my best wishes for your health and happiness." Both of these events show that Darcy is still trying to be civil and remain calm and well mannered. This reflects how well his upbringing was because although he has just been insulted by Elizabeth many times, he still hopes that she will have happiness, and good health. The shocking statements that Elizabeth made are so shocking because for one thing she made so many of them, in that small space of time she found so many things that she hated or disliked about him and actually said it to his face. It can't have been nice for him to stand there and absorb all of these comment about himself that she had locked up inside. This is shocking because at that time, women did not stand up to men, never mind give them an essay on everything they don't like about them. ...read more.

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The way that he presents that he loves her and asks for her hand in marriage shows that he doesn't really respect her, because he says that he loves her even though he has tried to fight it away, he has tried to repress his feelings but it hasn't work, and so asks her thinking that she wouldn't say no because he is much better than her, but she does not want to accept and it gets into an argument. The fact that Austen has Elizabeth refuse Darcy is showing the controversial nature of Elizabeth and also the book itself. Some young women were beginning to question the social conventions of that time. They were beginning to realise that maybe their lives do not have to be about finding a suitable husband in keeping with their social status, that maybe they could consider an education leading towards a career. Maybe they could become an independent individual in their own right, and not just be some important man's wife; like a possession. ?? ?? ?? ?? 1 ...read more.

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