Austen?s criticism is clarified by Mrs. Bennet?s obsession with marriage, ?The business of her life was to get her daughters married? (Austen 6). ?Happy for all her maternal feelings was the day on which Mrs. Bennet got rid of her two most deserving daughters? (Austen 432). Mrs. Bennet?s ideas of marriage fully overlook love of the person.
“I’m glad it’s a girl. And I hope she’ll be a fool – that’s the best thing a girl can be in this world, a beautiful little fool.” (page 17) This line embodies the most common stereotypes about women created in the 1920’s. Daisy is a beautiful yet superficial woman who is a victim of the disorder in her own social environment which, at that time, is influenced by gender and money. She realizes her own marginalization but rather chooses to live a luxurious life controlled by men. This line suggests to the reader that unlike other characters, Daisy is aware of her position as a woman and realizes that she has no power over her own life and understands that ‘ignorance is bliss’, meaning she believes that being a ‘beautiful little fool’ would allow a girl to live a life of luxury while being oblivious to living a life controlled by men.
"Women have a much better time than men in this world; there are far more things forbidden to them." -Oscar Wilde. This quote embodies the fight over gender roles and the views of women in society. Taming of the Shrew deals with Kate and Bianca, two sisters who are at the time to he married off. However, suitors who seek Bianca as a wife have to wait for her sister to be married first.
Issues of marriage, class mobility, conforming, and restrictions to marrying, only account for some hardships faced by Elizabeth and other characters throughout the novel. Throughout the novel, characters where faced and forced to overcome obstacles of love. Views of marriage differed from character to character. Women where not educated and where forced to conform to the society’s expectations which kept them from being independent. Therefore, Elizabeth Bennet’s mother, Mrs. Bennet forced marriage upon her daughters.
Another way that Austen uses Elizabeth to show her feelings on the issue of matrimony is b... ... middle of paper ... ...iven to Wickham by Darcy, they are the ones in the worst financial situation. "They were always moving from place to place in quest of a cheap situation, and always spending more than they ought" (290-291). By using Elizabeth as the character from whose point of view we see the other characters, we are shown by Austen how to feel about each specific situation. In the case of Lydia and Wickham, we are to agree with Elizabeth (and thus Austen) that they have gotten what they deserve for jumping into marriage for the wrong reasons. Therefore, Austen’s voice comes through Elizabeth to make the statement that it is foolish to marry for any reason besides love.
How Elizabeth Bennet is used by Jane Austen in Pride and Prejudice as a form of social protest In the society of Jane Austen's day it was imperative that a woman married a suitable husband in order for them to live comfortably and improve the social standing and wealth of her family. Women in high society did not work and so it was vital that they married well. This situation is best summed up in the book by Jane Austen as we are given an insight as to the motives of Elizabeth's sister Charlotte as she considers an offer of marriage, she writes "Without thinking highly either of men or of matrimony, marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune, and however uncertain of giving happiness, must be their pleasantest preservative from want. It was often the case that the mothers of the potential brides would seek out the most appropriate gentlemen for their daughters, and it was often the case that couples would meet at parties and balls organised by respectable members of society. It is said in the novel that "to be fond of dancing was a certain step towards falling in love".
Jane Eyre as Feminist Role Model for all Women In 1837 critic Robert Southey wrote to Charlotte Bronte, "Literature cannot be the business of a woman's life, and it ought not to be. The more she is engaged in her proper duties, the less leisure will she have for it, even as an accomplishment and a recreation," (Gaskell 102). This opinion was not held by only one person, but by many. Indeed, it is this attitude, one that debases women and their abilities, to which Charlotte Bronte responds with Jane Eyre. The purpose of Jane Eyre, not only the novel, but also the character herself as a cultural heroine, is to transform a primeval society, one which devalues women and their contributions, into a nobler order of civilization (Craig 57).
The privileges that... ... middle of paper ... ...e the Elton’s everywhere. The majority of women seek high stature through marriage, but woman are ultimately defined by their wealth. If a low class woman wants to have any kind of life outside of obedient servitude than she is pressured into marrying and if a woman of high class wants to marry she will be giving up some of her authority to stay submissive to her husband which will fuel the patriarchal societal ways. The gender norms in the nineteenth century were contorted to benefit the men more than the woman and only place the burden of social pressures on woman. Jane Austen's Emma goes beyond a simple love story that ends with three marriages; instead she leaves the readers wondering if these marriages will continue after their so called happy wedding day.
Mrs. Bennet is portrayed as a woman who desperately wants her five daughters to be married for her ambition is to see 'her daughters married.' Her character is defined as 'mean understanding, little information, and uncertain temper' and moreover' her mind was less difficult to develop.' She never really cares about whether her daughters will be happy in their married life or not, but just wants them to get married, representing a typical mother of five poor and low class daughters whose ... ... middle of paper ... ... deep feelings towards her and evidently promises the reader that his matrimony with Lizzy will be as happy and smooth as he has wished. The novel starts with conversation between Mr. and Mrs. Bennet about Mr. Bingley marrying one of their daughters and ends with the marriage of Elizabeth and Darcy. The theme of marriage lies in the heart of the novel.
Austen is able to comment on the injustices within society through Elizabeth’s stance on the issue of her gender role in marriage, the indifference between herself and her male counterparts, and the juxtaposition between herself and Charlotte Lucus During the novel Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Bennet pressures her daughters to follow the societal normality by finding a husband that would secure a future. Her whole pursuit in the novel is to see her daughters married in return for a higher social positioning. Marriage and the Social Class are all important values that are deeply rooted in Elizabeth’s mother. She takes on the role of a matchmaker figure, attempting to pair up her daughters. Unlike Elizabeth, Mrs. Bennet serves as a constant reminder of the importance of wealth and prosperity during this time.