British Social Class in Mansfield Park by Jane Austen

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Mansfield Park is a complete socially oriented novel. In this novel Jane Austen closely describe the everyday life of rural middle class society, its gaieties and hardships, describing a distinct system of moral and social principles influencing people’s lives in that period, women status in the system and female life expectations. In the novel Austen shows the efforts of some trying to break the predetermined limitations in order to improve their social class and rank. Austen pointed out the social threats that might ruin the women’s lives permanently (Johnson, Jane Austen: women, politics, and the novel / Claudia L. Johnson 1988). Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park is a classic text. The text almost absolutory concentrated on a small …show more content…
This can be pointed out from the beginning of the novel where three Ward sisters get married into three different social class, such as Maria Ward married to Sir Thomas Bertram which then represent her as upper-class. Norris married to the Anglican Church secretary which then made her middle-class (Austen 1969). And in the last Price married to a sailor which then made her working-class which therefore made Funny Price also belong to working class. That’s why Funny was treated in the Mansfield differently than Norris and Bertram. As above mentioned marriage was the only opportunity for a women belongs to a lower class to improve her social position and ensure the financial security. Moreover for each women it was her ultimate destiny to find a well reputed husband. The author claims that the marriages mostly based on mutual understanding and love, for example, in the Mansfield Park the author showing it in the relationship of Edmund Bertram and Fanny Price. Being a rationalist, she also consider money and reason as important aspects for satisfactory life, unless the money is the only reason for marriage and in her novel she exemplified it through her characters who would marry to any man just because of his wealth.
A women was expected in the center of family life as a loyal wife, a household manager and a loving and devoting mother where the husband rule was to ensure the smooth economic support. In
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