Social, Historical and Cultural Contexts of Pride and Prejudice

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Social, Historical and Cultural Contexts of Pride and Prejudice

Introduction: In Pride and Prejudice we see the ups and downs of many different relationships and the growing obsession of Mrs Bennet to get her five daughters married to wealthy handsome young men. The novel is based on love, with marriage resulting in some cases.

In the 19th century there weren't many positions for work for middle or upper class women, so marriage occurred in many of their lives, resulting in a 'full time job' of cleaning, cooking and looking after the children. This time was very different to today, as women still have all these jobs to do, but it is getting increasingly common for men to do them as well, leaving
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The other type is the sort shown by Mr. Darcy, where he thinks he is above everyone, and looks down on people like the Bennets, who are less fortunate than him.

The first character I am going to talk about is Elizabeth Bennet. Out of all the Bennet sisters, Elizabeth comes across the most headstrong one. She knows what she wants and won't agree to anything to anything that people want her to do if she doesn't want to. For examples, Mrs Bennet wants Lizzy to marry Mr. Collins and get quite overexcited at the thought of her daughters marrying, no matter who it is to. However, Lizzy is not attracted to Mr. Collins in the slightest, and makes this known in her several refusals to his marriage proposal. One of her other sister, such as Lydia - who is only interested in flirting, marriage, and men - might've accepted Mr. Collins' proposal, as it would've meant lots of money and big houses. Also, the higher status that would be acquired would tempt one of them to accept.

We can see, quite clearly, that Elizabeth is the heroine of the story, and is the girl whom everyone likes and gets along with. The fact that she is so independent and head-strong is why Darcy becomes so attracted to her.

Austen presents Lizzy as being less attractive than her older sister Jane, to emphasise her unique
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