The Patriarchal Society In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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Jane Austen’s novel is principally focused on the societal problems of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century England. A patriarchal society in which men were the only ones to hold the economic and social power. In the English society both men and women try to gain a livelihood, Austen depicts a portrait that seems really mocking but yet is true about the society. Austen indirectly points out faults in the system, raising questions about the values of society and the power structure of England. The novel is also engaged in an ideological debate that drives its plot and defines the importance of the protagonist. The precise nature of this balance is not necessarily clear, and despite what seems to be a happy marriage, it may not…show more content…
A statement that remains true to this very day. Austen’s first statement defines the novel 's entire point through the single statement. She states that a man, financially well off, but with no one to accompany him and to share his wealth, is undoubtedly in search of a wife. In Pride and Prejudice, Mr. Bingley and Mr. Darcy play the role of rich men. Mr and Mrs. Bennet are the parents of five unwed daughters. And they have conflicting thoughts about the arrival of the rich neighbours. Mr. Bennett thinks nothing of it, and has no new thoughts about the arrival of Bingley and Darcy. Mrs. Bennet sees flashing lights. She views it as the perfect chance to automatically place a few of her five daughters into the rich community. Mrs Bennets main purpose in life is to see her daughters get…show more content…
Both Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Virginia Woolf, published works pertaining to the physical and mental privacy needed by women. A Room of One 's Own,clearly establishes a connection between female creativity and physical privacy. Interestingly enough, Woolf states in his essay that, “ Without a private room, a woman cannot effectively engage in the mental task of writing.” (Woolf 52). Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper, presents a similar argument about mental privacy, by depicting a protagonist whose mental functioning has been disabled by an abusive male character, to the point where she loses sanity. Austen’s linking of privacy with the female creativity isn’t as nearly straightforward as Woolf does in his writing. Austen’s belief of mental privacy falls weak in comparison to Gilman’s depiction of insanity. Transitioning back to the novel, Despite the independence that Charlotte maintains by separating her own room from her husbands’, her main focus to secure her own privacy is only a bit affective. As Woolf points out in A Room of One’s Own, a woman needs a quiet or even a sound proof room for her physical privacy to result in productive
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