Gender roles in pride and prejudice

Hence Elizabeth certainly suffers from pride and prejudice, but this is no less an ailment of Darcy as well. Class distinctions are then exposed to be illusions and minor barriers to true love because it is she who captivates him with her wit, honesty and intelligence rather than all the simpering fawners who throw themselves at him and defer to him simply by virtue of his looks and fortune. Pride and Prejudice is thus a novel about the overcoming of these vices of pride and prejudice in the protagonists Elizabeth and Darcy in order to encounter true love. Women thus suffer on many counts on account of their gender, in the suffocating society of manners and class pretension that Austen depicts, marriage becomes a need for survival.

Gender roles in pride and prejudice

In such a society, the well-being of everyone depends on people maintaining their proper places and behaving according to a strict code of manners. For the Bennet sisters, their chances of marriage depreciates with every show of impropriety. From the beginning, it is important to understand the very real danger that faces the Bennet sisters if they do not marry.

Collins, will inherit the small Longbourn estate. That means that the family will have no source of income and no place to live. A marriage of one of the girls to a wealthy man would provide a solution, but there is another problem, even for Jane and Elizabeth: Any man who chooses to marry a poor girl must do so for love or to acquire a good wife.

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. You had better return to your partner and enjoy her smiles, for you are wasting your time with me. Darcy talks of Elizabeth to Mr.

Bingley about his preference of a type of woman he is interested or not interested in. If a woman is partial to a man, and does not endeavour to conceal it, he must find it out.

These quotes reveal that women and men were fixed in their social class, fixed in their gender roles, and fixed in their familial relationship with the patriarch as head of household. These views are so different today because of contemporary family values, the belief in equality, and the spirit of the American dream that you can achieve anything if you put your mind to it and work hard.

Gender roles in pride and prejudice

Young woman now acquire more freedom thus having the choice to marry, live independtly, and also follow the career path that they may please. But in Elizabeths Case, She is extremely dependent on her father as he offers her what she needs but not only her who is dependent on him but also her her mothers and her sisters.

As their house would be entailed to a distant relative known as the pompus Collins.

Such a postion of "poverty" would be disgracful as well as Humiliating. Apart from their ancientness, these women belonged to a semi-rural society, away from a big city like London. The ironic truth in the explosive opening sentence of Austen's novel that a woman not in possession of good fortune must be in want of a husband is hardly a truth now-a-days.

One may still find a Charlotte, well past her age of marriage, and marrying a stupid like Collins for social-economic recognition. One can still find a jealous young woman like Caroline, or a ludicrous match-making mother like Mrs.

Bennet, for certain basic human prototypes always remain in some socially mutated versions. But, on the whole, women have many avenues to travel along other than marrying at the first instance, and that too, for the sake of money.Gender and class oppression in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice The social world of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is one in which women are reduced .

‘The novel Pride and Prejudice is based primarily within a fixed social structure which exhibits clear messages on class and gender expectations.’ Gender and class expectations in the Regency and Victorian periods were based around a fixed social structure.5/5(16). With the opening lines of Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen overturns the most basic tenet of western gender roles: she claims that the man is the property of the woman.

Jane Austin uses the novel Pride and Prejudice to comment on both class and gender expectations within a fixed society. She questions both the class stratification of the time, and the unreasonable expectations placed on gender, and the inequality between males and females.

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