Pride And Prejudice By Jane Austen Essay

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Stay True Few novels go down in history, and even fewer are remembered as symbols of social change. Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice is a novel remembered by many, and through the decades, as such a novel. The tale of Elizabeth as she overcomes various oppressions has become a classic. Women throughout Jane Austen’s time period were constantly oppressed by social codes and expectations.These social codes included requirements from chaperoned dates to a limit of expression of emotion. Elizabeth’s strength of character penetrates these obstacles prompted by a largely patriarchal society and truly exemplifies the need for feminism in the novel and in Austen’s time period.
Elizabeth, throughout the novel, is the foil for the rest of the society portrayed in Pride and Prejudice. Mr. Bennet comments at the beginning of the novel “‘They [the remaining four Bennet sisters] have none of them much to recommend them...they are all silly and ignorant like other girls; but Lizzy has something more of quickness than her sisters’” (Austen 3). From this point on, Elizabeth is the opposing force to the rest of society. While initially this opposition may at first seem more like a criticism of women, it is rather a criticism on how women are supposed to act. This use of character is also a way in which to draw out the stance Austen was wanting to take with Elizabeth, as stated by Hui-Chun Chang from the School of Humanities at Tsinghua University, “Austen’s skillful writing utilizes

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