The situation of women in Jane Austin's Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen held up the mirror to her time must be remembered when she is charged with

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Jane Austen held up the mirror to her time must be remembered when she is chargedwith want of delicacy in dealing with the relations between the sexes, and especially inspeaking of the views of women with regard to matrimony. Women in those daysevidently did consider a happy marriage as the best thing that destiny could have in storefor them. They desired it for themselves and they sought it for their daughters. Otherviews had not opened out to them; they had not thought of professions or public life, norhad it entered into the mind of any of them that maternity was not the highest duty andthe crown of womanhood. Apparently they also confessed their aims to themselves and toeach other with a frankness which would be deemed indelicate in our time. The moreworldly and ambitious of them sought in marriage rank and money, and avowed that theydid, whereas they would not avow it at the present day. Gossip and speculation on thesesubjects were common and more unrefined than they are now, and they naturally formeda large part of the amusement of the opulent and idle class from which Jane Austen’scharacters were drawn. Often, too, she is ironical; the love of irony is a feature of hermind, and for this also allowance must be made. She does not approve or rewardmatchmaking or husband-hunting .Charlotte Lucas in “Pride and Prejudice,” whounblushingly avows that her object is a husband with a good income, gets what shesought. The life which Jane Austen painted retains its leading features, and is recognizedby the reader at the present day with little effort of the imagination. It is a life of opulentquiet and rather dull enjoyment, physically and morally healthy compared with that of aFrench aristocracy, though without much of the salt of duty; a life uneventful, exemptfrom arduous struggles and devoid of heroism, a life presenting no materials for tragedyand hardly an element of pathos, a life of which matrimony is the chief incident, and themost interesting objects are the hereditary estate and the heir.The novel portrays individuals negotiating personal needs and external social demandsand internalized moral codes using manners to control or mask inevitable egoism throughrevealing psychological realism of the key characters feelings especially the women’srecognition with Jane Austen’s time .Austen is critical of the gender injustices present in19thcentury English society depicting the measuring of a women’s position in society notin love but in social ranking of a man A woman is expected to behave in certain ways toattract the reputed person. But in through the novels, Austen aims is to focus on the themeof her owns to free from patriarchal norms by depicting foils characters of women withthe main protagonist Elizabeth .The males in Pride and Prejudice are not omnipotentsimply by virtue of their superior economic and social statues .Instead the men withinPride and Prejudice are often portrayed as bumbling. The position of women in Jane

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