Pride and Prejudice and Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen.

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‘A deeper understanding of relationships and identity emerges from pursuing the connections between Pride and Prejudice and Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen.’ Compare how these texts explore relationships identity. Through the contextualisation of texts, connections can be made which reinforce or challenge responder’s perspectives on universal values. Universal truths carry meaning which are able to transcend changes in social, cultural and historical context in order to continue influencing responders of today. The importance of relationships within the lives of individuals within society has been both supported and challenged as a social landscape has developed into a more independent one. Identity and what constitutes an…show more content…
This was conveyed in Austen’s novel by Lydia’s elopement with Mr Wickham. Elizabeth acknowledges that Mr Wickham would never “marry a woman without some money, he cannot afford it.” She expects since Lydia has no money and no connections, Wickham will not enter into a relationship of marriage as it would not serve his financial requirements. Aware that this concept of marriage is a tool for financial security would be misunderstood in a society where women are liberated and independent; Weldon has brought the idea into the 20th century Australia. Weldon has made the connection between Charlotte’s marriage to Mr Collins and the Australian “rich land owners import Asian girls as wives.” The introduction of television and the internet in our context has made the suffering and hardships of foreigner’s woman extremely accessible, therefore we are able to sympathise with and understand why these women would forfeit their chance of true love in order to “escape the hunger and poverty of their own lands.” Through the connection modern responders are able to appreciate the importance of marriage held within society and are able to understand more completely that by making “the business of her life to get her five daughters married, Mrs Bennet was protecting her daughters from financial
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