Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice Essay

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Being a satirical novel, Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice is filled with scenes depicting the social norms and standards of the 19th century and how ridiculous some of them were, the majority prodding at the conditions of their social class structure or genders. Once scene critiquing both of these aspects is Mr Collins ' proposal to Elizabeth. Analyzing the standards of women only marrying for superficial purposes, women being told that they 're worth relied on them being married to men in classes above their original ones, and men not being able to understand the word "no" Austen was able to portray these standards in a way where they were easily seen as over the top and ridiculous, while portrayed in the world where these actions were the norm and were expected. Even after two centuries, remnants of these standards can be found in today 's dating culture. Mr Collins ' proposal to Elizabeth read as less of a heartfelt "spur of the moment" address and more of a speech he rehearsed over and over again, keeping everything the same except switching out one girl 's name for another. In his speech Collins drones on with reasons why Elizabeth would be lucky to marry him; considering he was of the wealthy elite and the Bennets weren 't, Mr. Collins thought he was dong Elizabeth a favor in asking her to marry him; for starters the Bennet 's farm could then still stay in the family, "But the fact is that being, as i am, to inherit this estate after the death of your honored…

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