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Pride and Prejudice

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Introduction

Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen Name - Virena Behere Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen was her second published novel, in 1813. It is this book that was most successful of all, and from which, Austen made her way through the world of literature. The reason I picked this novel out was because it has a fair composition of feminism and Marxism. Although one may notice that most of her novels are based on feminism and Marxism, I personally picked out Pride and Prejudice was because the plot, as well as the title each give strong morals to the critics. The story starts with two young sisters, Elizabeth and Jane Bennet and Austen has show a remarkable amount of feminism in her views of marriage. She criticizes the way young women were forced to marry, often against their will. Mrs.Bennet is portrayed 'desperate' in order to get her daughter Elizabeth married, if not to Darcy then her cousin, Collins, a rather foolish character, and as Austen describes ''not a sensible man, and the deficiency of nature had been but little assisted by education or society". ...read more.

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She is almost three and twenty!" (note the young age women were expected to be married). Jane Austen implies that women those days often tried to 'impress' men by undervaluing their own sex, which proved to be highly successful. In Pride and Prejudice, it is Darcy's sister, Caroline Bingley who misleads Darcy with the fact that Elizabeth was the sort of lady to make herself seem inferior in order to impress the other party. In my opinion, this is a very mean and self- destructing method, particularly since its used to be appreciated by the opposite sex. One, regardless of the sex, should be appreciated for who they are, and not by what they seem to display to be appreciated. Education for women those days was redundant; women had no reason to have a good career. They saw no reason to attend universities or participate in politics, and if they did work, it was the mere job of a maid or a governess, and these were not well respected 'jobs'. ...read more.

Conclusion

They increase the initial conflict between the two, as they try to part them. Lady Catherine is shown to be a pompous and egoistic woman, all in vain of her wealth. She is blinded with the idea of being able to order anyone about just because she had the wealth ans considered herself to be in a status unachieved by anyone else. She is put in her place when Elizabeth refuses to bow down to her orders of refusing Darcy's proposal to marriage, just so Lady Catherine could wed her own daughter with Darcy. Another example of Marxism shown in the book is Mrs.Bennet's, obsession of getting her two eldest daughters to the wealthiest men in the country. She is embarrassingly over enthusiastic on pairing Jane and Elizabeth with Bingley and Darcy, especially because they are of higher class. I think that the arguments for feminism and Marxism will continue throughout generations. It has existed in Austen's days and though Marxism lives on, feminism critics are gradually lowering, women being more recognised and appreciated for their capabilities in most societies today. ...read more.

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