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Essay On Gender Roles In Pride And Prejudice

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In the romantic novel Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, Mrs. Bennet, Charlotte Lucas, and Caroline Bingley are three characters that fit completely into the gender roles of their time period. These three share a common interest of marrying a man, and almost handing their free will away at the expense of security in life. These characters would rather be sheep on a farm than expose their true feelings and become the one that leads the mob, not the one following everyone else.
Many characters in Pride and Prejudice have, in some way, given up on casting away their shell of uniformity to become free thinkers. Instead, those characters decide it’s better to just stick with what they’ve always known. This is the case with Mrs. Bennet,
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When Elizabeth flat out rejected Collins, Miss Lucas took over the opportunity to marry him instead, effectively securing herself a man and protecting her friend from his affections. The former two characters followed their social classes’ rules in marriage, and after them, there are some who strive to be like them and marry young and well. Caroline Bingley is such a case. Mr. Bingley’s sister was almost his polar opposite in personality and demeanor. Miss Bingley’s purpose in Pride and Prejudice was to show how “normal” women pursue what they wanted to get. She focused solely on Darcy and his attentions, and would rather spend all of her time doing this than something productive, “Miss Bingley’s attention was quite as much engaged in watching Mr.Darcy’s progress through his book, as in reading her own; and she was perpetually either making some inquiry, or looking at his page. She could not win him, however, to any conversation; he merely answered her question, and read on.” (Austen 48) Caroline could spend her time learning or socializing rather than stalking Darcy, yet she doesn't. She portrays the typical women of the time, hungry for money and some kind of love from a man. Each of these women somehow conform to society’s expectations, though the are many other characters throughout this novel that are the antitheses of them, rebelling against the normal way of living. These
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