• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Society's Constraints in Pride and Prejudice.

Extracts from this document...


Society's Constraints in Pride and Prejudice Mara Gomes Jane Austen has much to say about the society in which she lives, and where her characters live. Charlotte Lucas and Mr. Collins are two characters who demonstrate, through their actions and outlook on life, the social and educational constraints of their society that prevent them from making their way in the world. Social constraints play an important role in the life of women in this society. Not only do women have to marry, but also marry someone who is of their social class. A "poor" marriage, that is one to a different class, can ruin the reputation of the whole family. ...read more.


Without a suitable marriage, the Bennett girls will not be able to count reputation or wealth as their blessings. Charlotte's choice to marry Mr. Collins also reveals how little education young women of this time receive; girls are educated in proper, "cultured" behavior, and perhaps some literature...nothing more. This lack of a real education leaves women few options as far as a profession, other than a governess. If a woman cannot earn a living, the only other option is marriage. Lack of education also leads to another problem: without knowledge, a woman cannot forge her own path, and make her own way in the world. In this time period, men are expected to be educated, charming, and handsome; however, women are only there to look pretty and please their husbands. ...read more.


Mr. Collins's marriage also shows how it is virtually impossible, even more an educated man like Mr. Collins, to make his own way in the world outside of marriage. In this society, marriage is the only way to become greater. Mr. Collins may have been educated, but in choosing to become a member of the clergy, he still needs to find someone to marry. His landlady, Lady Catherine, is of good social standing and pressures him to find a wife. This proves that for men, even education cannot totally make them respectable in society; a respectable marriage is the ideal. As one can see, the lives of characters in Pride and Prejudice are dominated by social constraints, which inhibit their ability to forge their own path in the world. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Sociology section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Sociology essays

  1. Sexism is a form of prejudice.

    Most of the jobs are reasonably shared out now, so if this is now what will it be like in 10 years. I think the jobs taking care of children and disciplining them will still have a higher percentage of women doing these, because since 1984 these jobs have decreased

  2. Pakistani Women In a Changing Society.

    About a third of the doctors and an equal proportion of school teachers were women. Gradually this changed. The mantle of respectability was now to cover also clerical jobs in open plan offices where women could work with men, but in public view.

  1. Abortion among teens

    Doctors need the legal freedom to be truthful with the parents. Nicholson (2003) states that she tries to encourage mothers of teenage daughters to take them in early for ob/gyn care, not only to establish a relationship with the physician, but it also encourages the mother to recognize that their

  2. Microcosm of the society is shown through the use of language in Pride and ...

    The use of microcosm is also visible through the way Austen characterised her characters. One striking character is Mrs. Bennet, whose comic character is lacking social decorum. Her stupidity conjures up many amusing interludes. Obsessed with marrying off her daughters before anyone one else marries off theirs, she represents the

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work