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The ideas of marriage and the roles of women are closely linked. (Compare the portrayal of marriage and the representation of women in the two text stories)

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The ideas of marriage and the roles of women are closely linked. (Compare the portrayal of marriage and the representation of women in the two text stories) 'I expect my husband to be good-tempered and cheerful and to consult my happiness in all his actions and to love me with constancy and sincerity'- Jane Austen's Three sisters, 3rd letter. This is the view that men and women have of marriage today. However this was not the case in the 18th and 19th century, in the days of Jane Austen. The word 'Marriage' meant financial support and materialistic commitment to most women. Marrying for love was rarely heard of. This is strongly illustrated by Jane Austen in two of her novels, 'The Three Sisters' and 'Pride and Prejudice'. I will compare these with a third novel called 'A Stench of Kerosene' written by Amrita Pritam. I will look closely at how both writers set across corresponding messages but with very diverse methods. The portrayal of marriage is very different in 'A Stench of Kerosene' then that of 'The Three Sisters'. It concerns a Sikh couple, Guleri and Manak, who love each other dear. In 7 years Guleri had not born a child and Manak's mother had made a 'secret resolve'. ...read more.

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is set in England hundreds of years ago, there is great similarities between the roles and representations of women in the two different cultures and societies. In 'A Stench of Kerosene' Guleri, Manak and Guleri's father believe in marrying for love and happiness. Guleri and Manak love each other very dearly and this is portrayed by the writer through their actions when Manak's mother brings him a new wife. He could not feel for his new wife as he did for Guleri. 'Manak's body responded to the new women but his heart was dead within him' Guleri's love for Manak is forcefully shown by the writer, as when she hears of Manak's new wife 'she soaked her clothes in kerosene and set fire to them'. This shows how emotionally hurt she was. When Manak heard of this he too was greatly hurt. 'Manak mute with pain, could only stare and feel his own life burning out'. The words such as 'pain', 'stare' and 'life burning out', the writer uses to describe feelings and thoughts dramatically. They portray the deep feelings of love between the two partners. This clearly shows that the attitudes of Guleri and Manak towards marriage were for love. ...read more.

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She writes in this way of letters to introduce the characters and their thoughts fairly quickly, as it is a short story. Jane Austen uses irony where Mary is considering marrying Mr. Watts however she 'hates him more than anybody else in the world'. The writers illustrate the role of women to be very limited and they show, arranged marriages to be unsuitable for many women. Amrita Pritam shows marrying for love is possible through her feelings, thoughts and actions of Guleri and Manak. Jane Austen illustrates her own views through the eyes of Sophy in 'The Three Sisters'. Sophy believes that marriage should be about marrying for love and emotional happiness. She wants a husband who will love her with 'constancy and sincerity'. In my opinion the role of women and the representation of marriage in the two novels are opposite to today's society and its beliefs of marriage. The two novels show that, women writing these stories at that time of these controversial beliefs may have meant that women were beginning to lift themselves from under the thumb of men who were thought to be dominant. Today's society consists of non-patriarchal discrimination, of women with equal rights as men, and in some cases women are thought to be the dominant sex. ...read more.

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