Also she usually uses indirect speech when it is speech between men, this is because Jane Austen didn't spend much time with men in her life so it meant that she didn't know what things they talked about when they were on there own. Later in her life Jane had to decide if she wanted to marry for money. She chose not to, this is quite a main point in the novel as the Bennet's are trying to marry their daughters off so that they can get some money. "A single man of large fortune - What a fine thing for our girls!" Mrs Bennet after she heard that a new man had moved into the local area.
Marriage was seen as the only way for women to move on from their families. If women were not married they would stay with their families until they got married or remain spinsters and perceived as burdens on their families. Many marriages at this time were arranged. An arranged marriage looked at the persons family and connections as well as status and the individuals personal attributes, such as looks, personality and interests. The status and hierarchy system was in use at this time, this means that women rarely able to marry higher than the social status they were born into; and so a genteel woman would resolve to marry a gentle man, if they were lucky.
Don’t get me wrong, its not that she doesn’t want to live like that or as if she is fed up of her family, its because that her personality and her way of being is not suitable for the social environment and the situation of her family. Nora; according to the play is a cunning and a sharp women willing to do anything for her family, but this willingness of hers’ that she possesses is something what is considered bad for a women to do. She is part of a respectable family with a decent social status in the society. Her husband is shown a bit dominating in their relationship; which most of the husbands were at that time, as women were treated like property of men and didn’t have much say in most business affairs. Nora is represented as a confined women who is lost in search of personal satisfaction, her actions sends her into an even deeper conflict, not just with her personality, but also with the people around her especially her husband.
Inheriting money was another option however it was made difficult as the eldest son of the family usually got most of the inheritance. Women tended not to live alone. A young, never-married female with money was not allowed to set herself up as head of the household she had to hire an older lady “companion”. Even Queen Victoria had to hav... ... middle of paper ... ...scoundrel”. The marriage would not last, as Wickham had to be paid off to marry Lydia.
Overall, gender is very one sided and because of this causes a lot of problems for women. Marriage back in the 19th century was mainly for financial reasons. Love is the last thing even thought about before getting married. This is because women were dependent on a husband to provide for them since they could not go out and get themselves a job. One prime example of this is through Charlotte and when the narrator states, “Marriage had always been her object; it was the only provision for well-educated young women of small fortune.” (Austen 149).
Working was nearly unheard of and rare for women married to someone wealthy. Normally men who were wealthy married women from wealthy families who usually were not educated past grade school and lived with their parents until they were married. This cycle continued until about the late 19th century. Those who could or needed to work worked as teachers, writers, domestic workers or factory workers. Becoming a doctor or lawyer wa... ... middle of paper ... ...ideal, the chance of you not having a voice and having to submit to the one taking care of you can be challenging.
The rules for women were so strict it’s like she had to be a slave to her husband. “They had to obey men, because in most cases men held all the resources and wom... ... middle of paper ... ...y, inquisitive mind would have been able to further her education independently through reading” (Austen). In the 1800s unmarried women were school teachers because they weren’t in a marriage were they had to be a house wife. Typically, women were not allowed to be educated or gain knowledge outside of the home because it was a man’s world. The roles woman played in the book “Pride and Prejudice” and in the early 1800s was important in a marriage because the women did everything.
In some cases women were wed to men as a bargain, a deal, or payment for a debt. Women had a very hard time living in the medieval era. A few women lived comfortable lives but because medieval society was dominated by men, women had to know their place in their society or suffer very harsh consequences. Women during that time had virtually no voice. The role of a woman was to care for her husband, her family and in rural areas, their land.
She needs to marry her daughters off because their house is entailed to Mr Collins and when Mr Bennet passes away they will not own Longbourn, also because the Bennet sisters have little financial independence. It was important to marry in Austen's society because women had little financial independence; the only respectable job for a middle class woman was a governess. Women also had to marry because of their respectability. Jane Austen, like Elizabeth Bennet, was not wealthy and had little dowry, she also believed that you should marry for love and not for status. Jane was proposed to by two men but declined both of them; this indicates to us that Jane was a similar person to Elizabeth Bennet.