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Pride and Prejudice Women

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Pride and Prejudice Pride and prejudice is a novel set in the late 17th Century and was written by author Jane Austen. The novel is based upon the theme of marriage and social settings of the 17th century. The novel is set in an era where women where 2nd class citizens and were inferior to men. This is ever so prevalent in the novel. In the time of which the novel is set women were not meant to meddle in men's affairs theses included involving in politics, participating in financial affairs this disabled the women to be independent. This did not allow women to play a greater role in society, in fact women were supposed to "bore birth and bring up and look after the children". This was there only role society which was dominated my men. A women's objective in life would've been to look for a wealthy husband who may not have necessarily have loved her. This would enable the women to have a secure future. The first line of Pride and Prujudice sums this up "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" The problems which arise in "Pride and Prejudice" are that Mr Bennet has five daughters and no sons. ...read more.


"I have been so fortunate as to be distinguished by the patronage of the right honorable Lady Catherine de Bourgh," The Mr Collins go on to write about her and praises her. Therfore this character is not be taken seriously by the readers. This build up of an insecure and hidous and rather comical character just adds to the humour and stupidity as Mr Collins propases to Elizabeth. "His air was grave" He is described as an uninteresting individual. From the start readers from a picture that Mr Collins Is an ill witted character and constantly flatters Lady Catherine de Bourgh. When Mr Collins proposes to Lizzy he ask in a manner in a she is inferior to him. Jane Austen uses humour to convey Mr Collins. Collins throughout the novel continually pays homage to Catherine de Bourgh. Mr Collins arrives at Longbourn with an intention to build bridges with the Bennet's. In the novel because Mr Bennet has no legal inheritors as he has all daughters so therefore the estate will pass to Mr Bennet's closest relation, which is Mr Collins. Mr Collins realizes he will inherit the estate so therefore travels to the estate to mend the bridges between him and Mr Bennet, and in order to solidify the bridges he plans to propose to Elizabeth. ...read more.


Mr Darcy insults Elizabeth, therefore Elizabeth feels more resentment towards him. "I had not known you a month before I felt that you were the last man in the world whom i could ever be prevailed on to marry" Elizabeth rejects his offer of marriage because she feels inappropriate her getting married to a man she does not love. There are similarities between the two proposals. Both of the men (Darcy and Collins) do not love Elizabeth for who she is. Both regard her inferior to her and are sure that she will accept their proposal. Lastly both of the men are shocked to realize that Elizabeth rejects their proposals. The Character Elizabeth is a strong, free thinking women in the novel, and does not believe in the traditional ways of doing things. She believes that a person should marry for love, which was recognized at the time at which the novel is set. I think the Jane Austen's opinions are portrayed in her characters as a means of displaying that traditions some times are wrong. Elizabeth has characteristics of feminism. This shows that Jane Austen was ahead of her time, because she believed that women could be free thinking and independent and still live a good life. This is portrayed in her characters as Elizabeth eventually is loved by Darcy for who she is even though Darcy recognizes the fact that Lady Catherine De Bourgh will take it upon insult him Marrying her. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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