Feminism In Jane Austen's Pride And Prejudice

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In the novel Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, feminism is a big thing. Austen demonstrates in her novel that if women did not marry a wealthy man they were nothing in life. This novel takes place in a society was men were better than women.
Pride and Prejudice is about a wealthy family with only girls, other than the father. In the novel Mr.Bennet wants to marry off one of his daughters so is estate can go on after he passes away. When a new neighbor moves in next door all are girls are excited and eager to meet him. Behind his family’s back he goes over and tells his neighbor about his daughter and asks him if he wants to meet them. When he shares the new with his daughters they get excited and are already thinking about who is going to
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“She is tolerable; but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me.” (Austen 13). This is an example on how in this time period men wanted a certain women, they were fairly picky on who their wife was going to be if they had to support her for the rest of their lives. A lot of men also thought they were better than everyone else because they were important in life and had a lot of money and the women at the time had nothing. So they were superior to …show more content…
When the novel was published on January 28th, 1813 women were treated a lot differently then they are today. When Mr. Collins thought his proposal to Elizabeth would be accepted, and he ends up being turned down by her, he thinks that she is playing hard to get. Men are not used to hearing the word no because women are supposed to want them, and not be equal to them. That is why a man can pick who he wants to marry. On the other hand women take the first thing they can get. Jane Austen has Elizabeth turn down Mr. Collins’ proposal, and Mr. Darcy’s as well just to show that she is independent and can choose who she wants to be with for the rest of her life. She does what is best for her and not what society “expects” her to

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