Pride And Prejudice Feminism Essay

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In multiple novels written many years ago, such as A Doll’s House, Jane Eyre, and A Handmaid’s Tale, feminism is a recurring issue that is expressed throughout the plot. At that point in time, women were looked upon as being significantly less than men. In Europe, women were seen as housekeepers and overseers of the family. In religion, women were encouraged to learn to read and write, so they were able to raise the children in a religious household. During the time that Jane Austen wrote Pride and Prejudice, women were just beginning to earn any sort of rights, but they were still underprivileged. Austen brought forth the significance of their status in society through her writing of the Bennett family. On the other hand, women in…show more content…
The women help develop the plot and characters of his novel. Each novel expresses the inequality of women during the time era that the novel was written; however, some novels approach the subject much more in depth than others. In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen strongly approaches the topic of women’s rights through the way the women act in the novel, and how they are treated by other men. During this time, women were supposed to watch over their children while the husbands were able to work and bring in the income to support the family’s needs. They were unable to divorce, and needed to devote their lives to making their men happy. If a woman was to have sex before marriage, she was chastised; however, men didn’t receive much judgement for participating in the same act. (Mercado, Young) In the novel, the Bennett family consists of the two parents, and five daughters: Jane, Lizzy, Mary, Kitty, and Lydia. Throughout the novel, Mrs. Bennett makes it clear to the daughters that they must marry into wealth. When Mr. Bingley, a wealthy man, arrives in town, Mrs. Bennett tells Mr. Bennett to introduce them immediately. She is extremely delighted when Mr. Bingley shows interest in Jane. She is also overjoyed when Mr. Darcy, who is extremely wealthy, proposes to Lizzy. Similarly, Charlotte Lucas, Lizzy’s best friend, marries Mr. Collins for his money, even though she has no feelings of
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