Theme Of Women In Pride And Prejudice

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The Pride and Prejudice novel was written by Jane Austen during the 18th century in 1813 and is centered around the futures and fortunes of the five daughters of the Bennet family. When this book was written, it was a time and culture when women were treated unequally to men. Therefore, women have little independence and were always at a disadvantage, different from the life style women live today. Pride and Prejudice takes place in a society where a role for women is earned through relationships that are determined by wealth and rank, marriage and social status. Women were to act in a specific way and any deviation from that specific way was harshly criticized. Women are also married at a certain age, if not; it was frowned upon by the society …show more content…
Bennet tries to marry her daughters with wealthy men, but Elizabeth makes her mother angry because she does not want to marry for wealth, she wants to marry for love, regardless of whether they are wealthy or not. An example of this is when Elizabeth is proposed to by her cousin, Mr. Collins. Mr. Collins is going to take over the entire family’s estate when Mr. Bennet passes away. Elizabeth despises those who do not believe in marrying for love, not for how wealthy they are. She judges her best friend, Charlotte Lucas, for whenever she marries Mr. Collins for the financial security after Elizabeth turns him down. She dislikes the idea of Charlotte’s narrow-minded cause of marrying …show more content…
Wickham meet and have a conversation, she starts to take an interest in Wickham. Elizabeth senses the tension between Wickham and Darcy and is curious to find out why they dislike each other. Wickham mentions to Elizabeth about the past that him and Darcy share and how Darcy’s father was his godfather and they were suppose to provide a living for him after Wickham’s father died, but when Darcy’s father died, Darcy decided to take back that promise and give him absolutely nothing. Elizabeth is outraged and wants to humiliate Darcy publicly because she feels sorry for Wickham. Mr. Darcy cannot figure out why Elizabeth is so intrigued with Wickham and it only ignites his interest in her even more. The critical moment in the novel is when Mr. Darcy gets a break to clear his name and the truth about his past with Wickham. After Mr. Darcy clears his name, he starts to win over Elizabeth’s feelings. Darcy decides to ask Elizabeth’s hand in marriage and she rejects him. He remains focused and strong-willed to win her over. Darcy’s prejudiced is proven through the way he speaks to Elizabeth during their first encounter. Mr. Darcy soon sees Elizabeth as an independent woman, who has her own goals regardless of social class and

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