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

Through the Len(TM)s of a Marxist: Pride and Prejudice

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Sanjana Negi English - AA Ms. Roach April 5th 2009 Through the Len's of a Marxist: Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice is a plot driven novel, revolving around the importance of class and the obstacles it causes when the bourgeoisie and proletariats interact within society. This is directly in relation to the ideas of Karl Marx's Marxist theory, which states that class is determined by it's possession of materialistic things such as land and money or the lack thereof. In consequence of these differences, essence, that society is driven by money, class and the economy and the lower class will be always oppressed and higher class will always be the oppressor. This is reflected in the novel as a lot of the driving force in the plot focuses on class of all the characters and their relationship with the other class and the barriers class create. By analyzing some of the key passages and characters of the novel, it can be noted that many of the characteristics of Austen's Victorian world, are very similar to Marx's outlook on society and its behaviors especially that of society being unequal and as class discriminative as well. The beliefs that Marx abhors of a money-driven society are first instilled in the reader by the loved first line of the novel 'It is a truth universally acknowledged that single a man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.' ...read more.

Middle

Bennett attempts to best of her abilities for the union of Jane Bennett (her eldest daughter) and Mr. Bingley and when Mr. Bingley is swayed by the pressures of society to marry a woman of his distinction, she is helpless to watch the future she worked so hard to achieve for Jane break under societal demands. Despite, initially repressing this pain into nonchalance, it is obvious that she is extremely happy when Mr. Bingley returns. Clearly, Mrs. Bennett understands the class distinction between Mr. Bingley and her family, but she understands that the differences have existed for too long to be ignored as the bourgeois truly was the dictator and the proletariat (like her and her family) would always be affected by any decisions that the , which relates to Marx's belief of the immense history behind this inequality. With the upper class having so much power over the middle class amongst other obvious distinctions, Austen's class conscious Victorian world depicts the bourgeoisie as a pedestal all that the proletariat are unable to reach despite tremendous efforts. Mr. Collins is one of the characters who show this utmost need for being accepted by the bourgeoisie and represents the helplessness of the oppressed by his pathetic attempts of reaching the upper status. Mr. Collins is first introduced as a distant cousin of the Bennett sisters who comes to visit the family. ...read more.

Conclusion

She considers herself superior to the middle class, and makes her notions of the distinction and her authority - as noted through the conversation. She is quick to insult Elizabeth and her family at an opportunity - whether it is the way Elizabeth dresses or her family's jovial attitude. Miss. Bingley, like most bourgeois considers class to be an important aspect to any person. Proud of her higher class, she believes that her class need only mingle amongst themselves and that any person of a lower background was an added annoyance. Miss. Bingley can be seen as a character representation of the society that Marxism criticizes, as she is very class- conscious and represents the inequality as often she is one inflicting it upon others. The constant comparison between the two classes and the attempts to undermine the other can be explained by Marx's quote "Historical changes in the fundamental mode of material production effect changes in the class structure of a society, establishing in each era dominant and subordinate classes that engage in a struggle for economic, political, and social advantage." Class distinction and its consequences are the pushing factors of all the problems in the novel as they all created by the single belief of superiority and authority that the bourgeois class believes it has over the proletariats. ?? ?? ?? ?? Page 6 of 6 Sanjana Negi ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate Languages 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 International Baccalaureate Languages essays

  1. "Winter Syntax" by Billy Collins

    As mentioned before, the word "snow" can be viewed as a "page". So when the traveler struggles all night through the snow, it represents a writer struggling all night to write.

  2. e - Marketing. Svaka tvrtka nastoji razvijati nove proizvode, to zbog zadovoljavanja elja i ...

    Vec smo prije ustvrdili da je razvijanje novih proizvoda rizican potez, a kod usluga je taj rizik jo� i veci. Rizici inovacija su golemi i mogu biti: 1. Tr�i�ni rizici - da ulaganja u proizvod ne rezultiraju uspje�nom i trajnom realizacijom 2.

  1. IOP - Pride & Prejudice

    Collins is pompous, as he is already content with life, and can be considered the epitome of style and fashion. When Mr. Collins describes his third reason for marriage, he says "thirdly-which perhaps I ought to have mentioned earlier," which clearly explains to us that Mr.

  2. Post Colonialism in Pride and Prejudice`

    As mentioned earlier, the ball at Meryton plays a vital role in the structure of the novel. Another example of those that meet for the first time and make first impressions are Mr. Darcy and Ms. Elizabeth. "'Which do you mean?'

  1. Christmas - origins, traditions and ideas for making gifts.

    Make a special trip to the post office to see that they get off. 97. Have lots children about for the holiday? Keep them busy while last minute dinner preparations are being made. Read Christmas and other holiday stories to them.

  2. The World According to Garp

    Some people, however, might not be able to comprehend the black humour at all, as it is in fact one of the more delicate sides of comedy. Foreshadowing In "The World According to Garp", foreshadowing is an important literary device.

  1. The Portrayal of Pride, Ego and manipulation in the play Twelfth Night

    But, Sir Andrew is a fool and is the butt of all jokes as he also doesn't realize when he is being laughed upon. The best example for this is the conversation between Sir Toby and Maria. While Sir Toby is talking to Maria, he is actually referring to Sir

  2. Stolen - Jane Harrison

    Shirley's introduction into the play carries a vastly different mood to the other characters. As opposed to a melancholy tone of the other characters, Shirley is frantic with excitement over the birth of her grandchild.

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