Anton Chekhov’s “Anna on the Neck” explores class distinction, as an impecunious young woman marries a wealthy man. Both Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Anton Chekhov’s “Anna on the Neck” utilize
This is a clear example of social class and the different perspective characters express on the topic. Mrs. Bennet attempts to marry off her daughters to the best possible men. This was recognised by everyone and she often appeared to embarrass her daughters whenever she spoke. In her eyes the men she wanted for her daughters were wealthy, socially powerful and polite men. The idea that her daughters should marry for gain in material aspects of life was much more important for Mrs. Bennet than for her daughters to marry someone they were in love with.
The members of the society in Austen’s novel, specifically Mrs. Bennet, will do anything, including marrying their daughters off to wealthy men, in order to gain a respectable status amongst there peers. Marriage, therefore, becomes a way of getting to the top of the social ladder. This focus on the importance of the social order significantly influences the idea of love and whom to love because it changes the people into thinking that marriage is not about love, but about status. It shapes the individuals into thinking that societal gains are what truly matter in a relationship. In Vyas 2 this situation, Austen illustrates how the society i... ... middle of paper ... ...not money or status.
Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife." (Austen, 1813) In her novel Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen presents the importance of love and marriage through a society in which women scramble to find husbands amid financial snobbery and class prejudice. Austen uses mockery and social attitudes to show that the desire for better social connections in nineteenth-century English society interfered with the workings of love and marriage. While social advancement for young men lay in the military, church or law, the chief method of self-improvement for women was the acquisition of wealth. Women could only accomplish this goal through successful marriage, which explains the value of matrimony as the topic of conversation in Austen's writing.
The Bennet family, although wealthy, was looked down upon, is relation to their social status. They were seen as low on the social ladder, because they had "new money." Lady Catherine, is another example of pride and prejudice displayed through social status, "Now and then they were honoured with a call from her ladyship, and nothing escaped her observation…" Lady Catherine noticed flaws in everyone and used her position and title of "Lady" to rise above everyone and make herself seem superior to them. Her position gives her pride and she flaunts it in a negative way. There are many examples throughout the novel, to support the running theme, and title of the novel, Pride and Prejudice.
These men are infatuated with her because of her status in society. This power is the equivalent to a beautiful woman in present-day American society. It is evident that Olivia has emotional power of nobleman Orsino when in Act I Scene I he declares, "O, she that hath a heart of that fine frame/ To pay this debt of love but to a brother,/ How will she love when the rich golden shaft/ Hath killed the fl... ... middle of paper ... ...rn England. Susan Frye. Philidelphia: University of Philidelphia Press, 2010.
Through her heroines, Anne Elliot and Catherine Morland, Austen exemplifies the struggles faced within different classes in order to find love. Austen describes Anne Elliot as attractive, well-educated, and amiable. She is the daughter of Sir Walter Elliot, a vain baronet, who has driven his family into bankruptcy with his extravagant spending. The Elliot family is forced to move from their Kellynch Hall estate in order to lessen their debt. This instability of economic advantage conflicts with the belief that the recognition of social class is universal, which is the core of traditional British society.
Single women were encouraged to marry a wealthy man to carry on their family fortune. For instance, Mr. Bingley is a handsome young man that was born into a family with wealth and high social prominence. Mrs. Bennet discovers that Mr. Bingley has moved to Hertfordshire and
Thus, expectations of the upper class for both men and women include being upstanding, rich and come from a wealthy family. Wilde’s criticism on high society and manners are explored through the characteristics of Lady Bracknell; the dialogue between Gwendolen and Cecily; and the characteristics of Jack in the country. Wilde’s criticism on high society and manners are shown by creating absurd situations and characters whose lack of insight causes them to respond in an inappropriate manner. An example is shown in Lady Bracknell’s preoccupation with her own parties and that the lack of sympathy for invalids makes her react to the news of Bunbury’s illness in an exaggeratedly cold manner. “I think it is high time that Mr Bunbury made up his mind whether he was going to live or to die.