Essay On Lydia In 'Pride And Prejudice'
Women were meant to be proper and ladylike but also very protective of their reputation and class otherwise were disliked thus showing the insult Lydia is subjected to, in the eyes of Mr Collins, is justified. In addition, later in the letter sent from Mr Collins he says, “…to throw off your unworthy child from your affection for ever…”. The use of the adjective “unworthy” demonstrates the seriousness of the Lydia’s behaviour, Lydia isn’t deserving of her family’s love and resources. Also, the noun, “for ever” makes this disapproval final and long lasting. Initially, the extreme views presented by Mr Collins are seen as offensive by modern day readers but alternatively, Austen is perhaps identifying the flaws in society, with the extreme language she use to suggest that the mockery Lydia is subjected to isn’t necessary. From this, the reader really understands Regency norms and the consequences for breaking social norms and sees that women have a standard to uphold or would be the subject of ridicule and derision from