Twelfth Night And The Novel Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen

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Attaining independence through opposing gender roles in the 1600-1800
In the play Twelfth Night and the novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen female and male characters experience a phenomenon that had rarely been seen before in this time period. Gender roles had been an important part of history since the beginning of time and seemed to be respected and followed by citizen of all kind in England during the 1600-1800. Society had expectations for women and men and how they were expected to act, the assumption that women and men had to act their certain ways had been challenged and faced immediate qualification. Men were anticipated to be strong, willing and brave while women had to essentially be background noise in the focus of their lives. Eccentric women weren 't brought on to be what they wanted to be, and foolish men were shamed upon, becoming self-reliant and doing what 's desired was sinful and that 's why gender roles needed to be challenged. In order to gain independence, female characters in Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice and William Shakespeare 's Twelfth Night had to challenge gender roles by possessing and carrying out the qualities and characteristics of a man.
Beginning with Jane Austen 's Pride and Prejudice the novel introduces us to characters with the mentality that they wanted independence and weren 't going to follow the social normalities of society. Elizabeth is a girl around the age of twenty, she is old but not yet old enough to be an old…

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