Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen in the early 19th century, has long been regarded one of her greatest, and most enjoyable love stories. It was indeed hailed as the 'greatest miracle of English literature' by Reginald Farrer, and pronounced a 'timeless masterpiece' by Sir Walter Scott, both of whom were distinguished novel critics in her time. Through the novel, Austen harshly exposes hypocrisy in certain aspects of Regency society. She expertly uses various shades of satire through comical characters such as Mr Bennet and Lady Catherine, to examine the corruption of the marriage market, the pride and ineptitude of the ruling classes, and the mercenary
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Although her constant quest to marry of her daughters well often seems tiresome and overdone, Mrs Bennet is merely acting like a good and responsible parent should. Although her methods seem questionable, she is ultimately doing what is best for her daughters, and trying to secure them a comfortable lifestyle and a good financial position. On closer inspection, Austen is using a gentle, Horation shade of satire to mock Mrs Bennet's situation rather than her purpose. I feel that Austen is actually strongly criticizing the frenetic marriage market of Regency society, and the fact that, for women, marriage was absolutely necessary in order to ensure themselves financial security for the rest of their lives.

I also feel that Austen is strongly criticizing the huge inequality between the sexes in Regency society. Through Mrs Bennet, she shows that the conditions of economic life in that period favoured men and restricted women. The entailed fortune that so obviously benefits Mr Collins and restricts Mrs Bennet is merely the epitome of an economic privilege granted of men and an economic restriction imposed on women. Men such as Wickham and Collins, no matter how hapless and undeserving, must be provided for and given every

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