Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice

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According to the Oxford English Dictionary, feminism is described as “the advocacy of equality of the sexes and the establishment of the political, social and economic rights of the female sex.” It emphasizes the many ways women have been suppressed, repressed, and oppressed. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, is about Elizabeth, a young middle-class woman who falls in love with Mr. Darcy, a rich, prideful man whom she has sworn to loath based on a misguided first impression. Furthermore, it’s about the unfairness of society and income. Based on the plot of the story and the definition of feminism, Pride and Prejudice has aspects of feminism but is not considered a feminist film.
Most of the scenes in Pride and Prejudice are about men. But there are a couple of scenes between two or more women that allow the film to barely pass the Bechdel test. For example, the conversation between Elizabeth and Miss Bingley at Netherfield. In this scene, these two women discuss the requirements for a lady to be truly accomplished. According to Miss Bingley, “She must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages to deserve the word. And something in her air and manner of walking” (Pride and Prejudice 2005). Pride and Prejudice also passes the Mako Mori test. According to The Atlantic, “the film has to have at least one female character with her own narrative arc that is not about supporting a man’s story” (Derr). The protagonist, Elizabeth

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