Prejudice in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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Prejudice in Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

In the novels “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen and “To Kill a
Mockingbird” by Harper Lee it is evident that both novels are dominated by prejudice. In both novels there are various themes but both novels mainly centre on prejudice. In “Pride and Prejudice” the prejudices is not that serious. It is mainly about first impressions
(the original title of the Book) yet in “To Kill a Mockingbird” the prejudice is more serious and is shown in a more sinister way, the theme of prejudice reaches a climax and end in shocking and drastic results. “Pride and Prejudice” was written in 1813. The period of the setting of the novel is 1811-1812.
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This situation can only be redeemed one way with Lydia’s marriage to Wickham. Anything less would tarnish the Bennett family name. The situation regarding unmarried women with no financial support was dire, however they could obtain a position as a companion or as a governess, these were the few jobs that were allowed for women to take. Although they retained their respectability, some of these jobs were unpleasant and degrading, for the women were always in a vulnerable situation. They could always be easy prey for men in the families for which they worked. Therefore, the best way for a women to avoid all these pitfalls was to marry well.

Jane Austen is an economical writer; she never wastes words in dialogue or commentary. Every sentence moves the narrative forward in terms of situation and action. The writing is natural and unforced, so the reader can easily follow what is said. Austen never uses metaphor and imagery. And descriptions of settings are rare. Jane Austen commented on her writing style as fine brush strokes on ivory. The type of language shows the pre-occupations of that period with social customs’ etiquettes, routines and rules that dominate every aspect of life including the way people spoke, particularly the social class conscience. Middle class and their betters. Also description of settings are rare. Austen is very skilled in using just the right word or phrase e.g. when Mrs Bennet learns that Lydia is married

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