Feminism In Pride And Pride By Jane Austen

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In the Oxford dictionary, feminism is defined as the advocacy of women 's rights on the ground of the equality of the sexes; therefore a feminist would be defined as a person who is in support of feminism. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”(Austen 2) This is the opening statement Austin uses at the beginning of the book, which defines the plot of the book, the belief that any single man who posses some form of wealth is constantly seeking a woman to marry. Mrs. Bennet is a mother of five who tries to pursue her two oldest daughters to marry comfortably, Elizabeth her second oldest, isn’t in such a rush to marry but ends up falling in love with Mr. Darcy, a …show more content…
Bennet is on a mission to get her daughters married to the finest men in Netherfield, she knows due to the English property law, when Mr. Bennet dies, Mrs. Bennet and the girls will be kicked out of their home. All luck falls on their side when Mr. Bingley, who is a wealthy English man moves into their neighborhood and takes liking to the oldest of the Bennet sisters, Jane. Mrs. Bennet urges her husband to go and introduce himself to their new neighbors, in hopes that her daughters will be first choice when he is in search of a bride, fortunately one of her daughters is. On the night that Bingley throws a ball at his home, Elizabeth has her first interaction with Mr. Darcy who rejects to share a dance with her because she to him isn’t appealing enough and unfortunately Elizabeth hears all this and immediately takes a disliking to Mr. Darcy. Although still early we can already tell that Elizabeth is not too keen on looking for a husband and she is not so persistent as her mother. Elizabeth shows she is a feminist who is intelligent because she likes to think for herself, she unlike her mother doesn’t believe marriage is the key to happiness she doesn’t want to be pressured into getting married to a man who is in good financial …show more content…
The seriousness of her decision is seen, when her cousin Mr. Collins comes into the picture, and attempts to propose to her because he is entitled to the Bennet estate. Collins is a pompous moron, who doesn’t seem to take no for an answer, “My reasons for marrying are, first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish; secondly, that I am convinced that it will add very greatly to my happiness; and thirdly—which perhaps I ought to have mentioned earlier, that it is the particular advice and recommendation of the very noble lady whom I have the honor of calling patroness.” (Austen 132-133) Mr. Collins is very clear in his proposal but Elizabeth seems to show no interest, she is quick to respond before Mr. Collins goes further “You are too hasty, sir,’ she cried. ‘You forget that I have made no answer. Let me do it without further loss of time. Accept my thanks for the compliment you are paying me. I am very sensible of the honour of your proposals, but it is impossible for me to do otherwise than to decline them.’
 (Austen 134) she is not attracted to him in any sort and because of the

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