With particular reference to the novel opening, how does Jane Austen

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With particular reference to the novel opening, how does Jane Austen present the role of women in pride and prejudice?

Pride and Predujice

With particular reference to the novel opening, how does Jane Austen present the role of women in pride and prejudice?

Pride and prejudice was first published in 1893, this was a time when it just became acceptable for women to write and publish books.

Pride and prejudice was set in the early 19th century in rural
England. Pride and Prejudice is the story of Mr and Mrs Bennet, their five daughters, and the various romantic adventures at their
Hertfordshire residence of Longbourn.

I feel that Jane Austen successfully portrays the Age of Reason through her characters in Pride and
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Because of the law of entailment created marriage became a mockery of love rather than a declaration of commitment.

One of the best things Jane Austen does in the novel is constructs a contrast of characters with Elizabeth and Mrs Bennet. Although
Elizabeth is Mrs Bennet's daughter they are very dissimilar. Mrs
Bennet is shallow, silly, and artificial whereas Elizabeth is intelligent, open-minded and aware. Elizabeth is very different to other women she goes against everything women stand for at the time of
Jane Austen. Her personality is one of a strong independent woman who uses her intelligence. Elizabeth has a very well-built relationship with her father, they are similar in they way the present themselves.
She refuses to go against her fathers wishes and takes advice from him. Elizabeth can always hold her own in conversations she shows this when she refuses to marry Mr Collins and when Darcy confronts her with his feelings.

This makes the novel more interesting as Elizabeth turns down numerous proposals to men in possession of a large fortune. When Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth, Jane Austen basically ridicules the character of Mr Collins but at the same time makes a point.

Mr Collins proposal is exaggerated by Jane Austen but still is an effective part of the play; Jane Austen shows she is a very intellectual writer by using humour
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