own distinct personality. In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, the minor characters: Mary, Lydia, and Kitty, serve as literary foils to glorify the good traits of the major characters: Jane and Lizzy. Of the five Bennet sisters, three of them get engaged/married throughout the book.
Although typically overlooked by the inattentive reader, the minor character can serve a myriad of literary roles from adding to the overall story elements to distinguishing the character’s impact on the plot. In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen, minor characters play a paramount role in advancing the plot, reinforcing Austen's tone, and uniquely contributing to the work as a whole. Surprisingly, the impact of a certain minor character upon the work is illuminated as well as expatiated when analyzed
Discovering Gender Harmony Through Feminist Criticism Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen follows the story of Elizabeth Bennet as she battles against the social norms of a woman in her time period, which require her to settle with the first rich man who claims her hand in marriage. Throughout the novel, Elizabeth and her sister Jane are introduced to Mr. Darcy and Bingley, who ultimately claim the love of each girl, respectively. In between the major events of the novel Elizabeth is expected to
own distinct personality unlike the others. In Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen the minor characters: Mary, Lydia, and Kitty, serve as literary foils to glorify the good traits of the major characters: Jane, and Lizzy. Of the five Bennet sisters, three of them get engaged/married throughout the book. Of those three Jane and Lizzy have happy, loving marriages, the other marriage, Lydia’s marriage, was forced due to her scandalous relationship. Jane was ecstatic to be engaged and was truly in love
according to Dr. George M. Beard, “strictly deficiency or lack of nerve-force” (American Nervousness, vi) in the 19th century. Nervousness at the time, was commonly acknowledged and accepted, so much so that it was written into literature, such as many of Jane Austen’s works. Many doctors considered nervousness to be a “woman’s disease” meaning that women were the most afflicted by this condition. Doctors of the 19th century have found excuses to restrict, restrain, objectify and metaphorically and literally
one in the family, [who] worked hard for knowledge and accomplishments,” (Austen 11) provides her readers with another perspective of the female sphere. Even at the Netherfield Ball, young Mary occupies herself at the piano, connecting rarely with others, and even more rarely dancing with a gentleman (Austen 48). Unlike her sisters, Mary Bennet has no preferences on males; “what are men compared to rocks and mountains” (Austen 73). Her devotions in her youth are centered in accomplishments, such as