Pride And Prejudice And A Doll's House Analysis

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Writers often use a character who is alienated from his or her culture or society in order to explore cultural or social values. Examine this idea with reference to at least two works studied.

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House are both literary works in which women show radical actions deviating from society’s norms. The two women from their respective works, Elizabeth from Pride and Prejudice and Nora from A Doll’s House, are both seen as alienated from their own society in a way that allows them to explore social values. Elizabeth is constantly trying to find love in a world where marriage for women exists with the sole purpose of financial stability and Nora is sick and tired of being “a doll” to Torvald
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In the book Elizabeth always tries to seek for true love, this is evidenced by the fact that she turns down Mr. Collins, despite the fact that if she were to marry him she would have been able to live a carefree life with no financial worries whatsoever much like Charlotte Lucas who ended up marrying Mr. Collins instead. Elizabeth’s reasoning for turning down Mr. Collins is simply the fact that she does not love him which is a shock to the other characters of the story, who know that in this society it is not normal for a woman to pick a husband, quite the contrary the man is always the one to pick a woman to marry. The other characters, especially Mrs. Bennet are also disapproving about the fact that Elizabeth is so picky, Mrs. Bennet simply wishes her daughter’s to marry rich men. Perhaps because of this Elizabeth is described and considered to be an intelligent character, she knows that marrying Mr. Collins wouldn’t make her happy, she knows that would not be true love. Instead by the end of the book upon having an epiphany about loving Mr. Darcy she chooses to marry him and she has a happy

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