Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice Essay

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The distinctive contexts of novels that discuss the same subject matter can be accentuated through a comparative study, thus enabling a responder to deepen their understanding of the values presented within these texts. This concept is encapsulated in Jane Austen’s 1813 novel, Pride and Prejudice (Pride) when studied alongside Fay Weldon’s 1984 epistolic text, Letters to Alice on first reading Jane Austen (Letters). The values presented in each text are heightened by each of their contexts, where Austen writes in the Regency era and Weldon during a period of literary analysis transformation. The exploration of the values established by the institution of marriage, the importance of individuality and education induce a thorough comprehension of the texts.

When the underlying reasons of the author’s motives are understood, given the distinctive contexts, a deeper understanding of the value assigned to the value of marriage emerges. In the Regency era, women adhered to norms of marrying for economic stability. They relied upon men as Austen parodied it being “the only honourable provision”. Her purpose in Pride is implied through the ridiculing of values that she opposed as she ironically reveals hyperbolising, “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife”. Contrastingly, the novel addresses the female characters being “in want of a [husband]” setting a satirical tone. The social convention shadowing…

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