Gender Roles Of Men And Women In Jane Austen's Persuasion

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In a world dominated by patriarchal societies, Jane Austen wrote several novels concerning the gender roles of men and women. During the period Persuasion was written, society began toying with the idea of equity in gender roles. Jane Austen explored the idea of gender evenhandedness in the novel Persuasion. Austen used her book as a tool to express that both men and women could be emotional, stoic, irrational and rational. By using social class and customs to express the nonsensicality of believing all men and women were given birth roles in society based on gender and social class, Austen created a world that challenged gender roles. After reading Persuasion, it is evident that Jane Austen wanted readers to see men and women as equally…show more content…
What is within the boundaries of the feminine is always considered to have less status and power and is always subordinate and marginal—women always remain ‘other’. I perceive feminism as a part of the process of challenging the boundaries of the socially constructed role for women in our society—a process which through struggle will create for women a different notion of the normal and natural and a different tradition of being female. (Goodman, Harrop 4) Like Goodman and Harrop explain, women were often subordinate in nineteenth century England. In effort to show the ludicrousness of gender roles, Austen used her characters to dispel ideas like the want of a woman to be second, showing the subsidiary nature of women was not inbred in them, but forced upon women by society. "Nothing can be going on better than the child," said he, "so I told my father, just now, that I would come, and he thought me quite right. Your sister being with you, my love, I have no scruple at all. You would not like to leave him yourself, but you see I can be of no use. Anne will send for me if anything is the matter." (Austen

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