The Era Of Discrimination By Jane Austen

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The Era Of Discrimination Feminism can be defined by three major components: social, political and economic equality of the sexes. Throughout history, women have battled to gain equality with men. Elizabeth Bennet and other women have been suppressed from opportunities merely because of their gender and have fought to be considered as equals to men. Women are far more than someone’s wife or daughter, they are more than just their counterparts, they are human beings. From a morality standpoint, Elizabeth and other women should not be married off based on the need of survival but for the need of wanting to be married for true love. Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen, displays feminism through the aspects of women’s dependence on men, class snobbery, and alienation.
In the 1800s, women 's sole purpose in life was to find a suitable husband, women had no other choice but to depend on a man for certain needs and wants. “Most feminist studies have represented Austen as a conscious or unconscious subversive voicing a woman 's frustration at the rigid and sexist social order which enforces women’s subservience and dependence.” (Morrison, 337). The protagonist in the novel, Elizabeth Bennet defies the social norms of the 1800s by not wanting to marry solely for economic gain. For example, Elizabeth is impoverished and needs to marry a man with good wealth but she realises that with being in a loveless marriage comes with unhappiness. The daughters of the Bennet family had…

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