Essay on Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice

1163 Words Jan 12th, 2016 5 Pages
Gloria Steinem, a women’s rights activist during the 1960’s and 1970’s reveals she “was never against marriage per se. Before feminism, [she] didn’t think [she] had any choice” Steinem was a strong feminist and activist; however, she believed that when it came to marriage, women simply had no choice. Similarly, women in 19th century England had little power as their families married off their daughters as quickly as possible and to the wealthiest man who would take her. Women then followed the societal norms and did not marry for love, but instead married young and hopefully to an affluent man to avoid societal disapproval. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, Austen illustrates her disapproval of women who conform to the societal norms for marriage by demonstrating how their marriages are eventually unhappy.
The feminist theory examines the imbalance between genders within relationships and society. Inequality between the sexes has always been present; however, during the late nineteenth and twentieth century people started to question the oppression of women and fight for women’s rights. By using the feminist lens, one proves that the patriarchal society of Regency era England “prevented women from realizing their creative possibilities” and causing them to identify as the “‘Other,’ to man as the defining and dominating ‘Subject’” (155). In Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, women are expected to marry young and marry well, with little to no regard to love. Austen mocks…

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