Jane Austen 's Pride And Prejudice

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Elizabeth Bennett: Outspoken in an Oppressive Society
Jane Austen once said, “it is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife” (Austen 1). In other words, women of the nineteenth century were deemed dependent on men. They were to join an advantageous marriage to remain respectable and achieve a higher social class. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice concerns the social norms of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries—a patriarchal society ruled by men who held economic and social power. Interested in Elizabeth Bennett’s romantic affairs and sense of individuality, Austen dramatizes Elizabeth’s success of finding a place within the social institution of marriage in
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Jane Austen’s life is reflected throughout Pride and Prejudice through the character of Elizabeth and Jane Bennett. Both Austen and Elizabeth Bennett hold strong family ties with their older sisters. Austen was especially close with her older sister, Cassandra Austen, as was Elizabeth Bennett with her older sister, Jane Bennett. This familiarity allowed for honest communication that was unrivaled between most siblings. This intimacy was evident in the letters written between Austen and her sister, which included daily routine that most readers would find mundane, but were compelling to the sisters. “Jane never wrote a story that was not related first to Cassandra, and discussed with her; she literally shared every thought and feeling with her sister, and the two pleasant volumes of letters which Lord Brabourne has published show us how the intense attachment between the two sisters never waned throughout their lives” (Malden 16-17). Similarly, Elizabeth and Jane Bennett shared endless, private conversation with one another. As the two grew older, Austen and her sister’s relationship only gained in strength. With Jane’s increasingly longer pieces of literature, such as Pride and Prejudice, the relationship with her sister was expounded upon more. The writing was also mimetic, or a reflection of the

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