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The ideas of marriage and the roles of women are very closely linked, compare the portrayal of marriage and the representation of women in the three texts.

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Essay- the ideas of marriage and the roles of women are very closely linked, compare the portrayal of marriage and the representation of women in the three texts. In my wider reading essay, I will be comparing the portrayal of marriage and the representation of women in the three stories I have studied. I will be examining and also be going into further depth on the roles of women in the three stories. The three stories I have studied are 'Strench Of Kerosene', 'The Three Sisters' and 'Pride and Prejudice'. Amrita Pritam wrote Strench Of Kerosene in 1927, it was written in Punjabi and then was translated into English in the 1960's. This short story was set in a village in the Kulu valley (Punjab-India). Jane Austen wrote the Three Sisters in 1792 when she was a teenager, but it didn't get published until later. This was because society thought it was good marring for money, but Jane Austen's view on that was completely the opposite and society would reject Jane Austen for that and call her 'abnormal'. Her reputation would be destroyed because of her story and that was the reason it was published at a later stage. 'The Three Sisters' is written in an epistolary form (four letters). It was one of Jane Austen's Juvenilia. It was set in England in a small society. Pride and Prejudice was written in 1813 also by Jane Austen, this story was set in Longbourne a small village in Hertfordshire (England). Women these days in the 21st century have all the freedom they want and they do whatever they wish within reason. They have more confidence within themselves, they don't let people rule their lives. They also stand up for themselves. In marriages these days, in most cases women marry whom they want and they marry for love. But arranged marriages these days still occur in some cases. ...read more.


My determination is made. I never would marry Mr Watts, were beggary the only alternative". Basically in the family it was Mary who was unwise. Her sisters were much more intelligent and smarter and didn't follow societies roles of women. Mary also fell into her sister's deceptive plan showing she is helpless, petty and she can't open her eyes and see what is happening. Mary was just following what society says, and she just wants a high status not happiness. Overall, the roles of women in that society were to have high status, to get married to a wealthy and rich man, and to get hold of materialistic possession. Mary has followed all this but will never be happy. Expectations in this society were also very high, women were supposed to follow what society says. Whatever Mary has done, that is what society expects you to do. In those days society was everything to people. But Sophy and Georgiana made their decision they won't follow societies expectations. They are going for love and be happy in the future. Jane Austen put Mary in the story so the readers can see what happens if you follow society like Mary did and if you don't act wise. She wanted people to realise money doesn't buy you happiness and by putting Mary in Jane Austen achieved that. The outcome of all this was as expected. Mary agreed to marry Mr Watts. She made a whole list of materialistic things she wanted..."new carriage, saddles, pin money, family jewels, four finest maids, theatres, greenhouse and would like to spend every winter in Bath". Mr Watts wasn't too happy about this. To escape arguments they compromised about all those things and still Mary didn't get half as much things she asked for. She got a new high carriage that is brown with a silver border, which is no use to her anyway as she can't go out for the first three years. ...read more.


It was written in an epistolary style (short story). The mood of the story was the same throughout the whole story, it was serious and there was no humour. Jane Austen is being critical on the way her society operates and the way they are. 'Pride and Prejudice' was written when Jane Austen was older, it is portrayed as a more humorous and satire story. It was a long novel and some letters to tell some parts. It is structured to have a happy ending, also in this novel the characters condemn themselves through the things they say. The point Austen is making here is traditions of society are to blame. The mood throughout the story was changing it was mainly humorous, but there were parts it got serious, example- when they get the news about Lydia. She portrayed the certain characters like Mr and Mrs Bennet to show that because they married each other for looks there marriage has come to be a disgrace. Then in contrast she portrays Jane and Mr Bingley to show marrying for love actually will make you happy in life, the same with Elizabeth and Mr Darcy. Jane Austen was critical about her society but she said it in a humorous way through out the novel. As you can see through the course of my essay that I have examined the roles of women and expectations of women. I have also looked carefully at the three societies and the way they are. I can now come to a conclusion that in the three stories society was wrong and too judgemental. Also roles of women and what is expected of them were wrong and it was society who governed these roles of women. They had different roles for women in the three texts but in all three texts I noticed women didn't have the freedom men did and they were judged and looked at too much. Those were the intentions for the authors to write these stories to make people realise what was happening. ...read more.

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