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How does P+P reflect the social and historical context, in which it was written.

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How does P+P reflect the social and historical context, in which it was written. Pride and prejudice reflects the social and historical context in which it was written in several ways, mainly through characters describing affairs of the timeframe and speaking of social nuances. Telltale occurances are the presence of militia, and the anticipation prior to their arrival.The laws on inheritance are limited, and sexual preference is another element of their social background. The priorities and importance of a "good" marriage furthur develop the stories background. ...read more.

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"the restoration of peace" is later referred to, implying that the time which the novel was set was in one of the short intervals in the Napoleonic wars. The characters seem rather comfortable, not affected by the changes occuring to industrial Britain at the time. It is shown on page twenty four that inheritance of money and land could only go to descendants of the male gender. "mr. Bennet's property consisted almost entirely in an estate of two thousand a-year, which, unfortunately for his daughters was entailed, in default of heirs male, on a distant relation" This shows the social and historical context, by describing, ...read more.

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Social rank is another factor, as well as good breeding, moral standards and the restricted environment it causes influences the characters and their actions. The sexual connotations of Wickham and Lydia's relationship are not spoken of in great detail but obviously cause discomfort amongst the families. All of these factors have some effect on the story's progression. The military presence is a sub-plot of the story, showing historical background. "the restoration of peace" is later referred to, implying that the time which the novel was set was in one of the short intervals in the Napoleonic wars. The characters seem rather comfortable, not affected by the changes occuring to industrial Britain at the time. ...read more.

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