Sexism In Pride And Prejudice

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It is a universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife. This first line of Pride and Prejudice, written by Jane Austen, shows that women were thought as a property to show off to others. In British literature, the quite opposite was also depicted as true; women, who were not as privileged, wanted to marry rich men. Just by this example, it is easy to see how there was a difference in the way genders were depicted. Through the works of Shakespeare, Austen, Woolf, and Browning, the difference will be compared and contrasted more thoroughly to show that there indeed is a visible division. To start off, William Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew plays an important role in the contrast. While Shakespeare is known as a skilled writer, there are many signs of sexism in his works. Especially in The Taming of the Shrew, this is shown explicitly. As the title is, a man named Petruchio tries to ‘tame’ his wife, Katherine. In this book, Petruchio looks at marriage as a way of receiving a fortune, and domination. Simply said, he is a chauvinist. This depicts how the society was then, how men used brute force…show more content…
Here, the story is about the characters of the Elliot family and the girls Elizabeth, Anne, and Mary. She criticizes here also the norm that tries to separate women and men by separating so called domains; which asserts that males should act in the public domain and the women in the domestic domain. However, unlike Pride and Prejudice, here she shows some hopeful settings where the characters show desirable actions. Anne’s future husband Captain Frederick Wentworth seeks a woman with strong character and independent mind while another character, Mr. and Mrs. Croft share ‘domains.’ In the end, she tries to explain that what the people think as ‘gentlemen,’ or how men should behave, are actually people who seek comfort, avoids work, likes to be titled, and is
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