In Pride and Prejudice - Allison Morrow Morrow 1 Gale...

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Allison Morrow Morrow 1 Gale Temple Final Research Paper 4/17/11 Pride and Prejudice is one of the many works by Jane Austen in which the use of feminism and a strong female lead characters are in full force throughout the novel. Austen creates a wonderful character in Elizabeth Bennet, a female who quite clearly differs from the other female characters through the novel, and from the females of Austen’s society. Not only do her opinions become a matter of contradiction between her and other women in the novel, but she herself becomes different because of her traits, her personality, and her actions. Because of her differences from the women whose lives are constrained by British Victorian society, Elizabeth is a fantastic example of a strong feminist character who refuses to be constrained by the society around her. Because Elizabeth’s character is written as a libertarian feminist and an individual that challenges the constrictions of British Victorian women, Jane Austen creates a new model of a Victorian woman that is highly intelligent with decision making capabilities that can become socially acceptable. Elizabeth is now becomes a role model from women in British Victorian England or for women of today’s culture by her inspiring thoughts and actions. Elizabeth character may possibility be an idea created bye Jane Austen of a new based on the constraints she felt in her own society. By creating Elizabeth in Pride and Prejudice, Austen is able to give her attributes that differ from the norms in society, like, form example, giving her clear feminist traits. In Austen’s society, Women were confined by their gender roles, which placed constraints on how they were to live their lives and what they could possibility accomplish within them. The average life of a female in Victorian society was one of close watching to make sure the woman did not stray from their roles in society and also contained no pleasure from male dominated activities or ones that were considered more masculine or
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Morrow 2 feminine. The Historical Journal discuses the average woman in Victorian British society in these terms: A near prisoner in the home, Mrs Average led a sheltered life drained of economic purpose and public responsibility. As her physicality was cramped by custom, corset and crinoline, she was often a delicate creature who was, at best, conspicuously in need of masculine protection and, at worst,prey to invalidism. And yet she abjured self-indulgence, being ever-attentive and subservient to the needs of her family. Only in her matronly virtue and radiant Christianity did she exercise a mild authority over her immediate circle. She was immured in the private sphere and would not escape till feminism released her (Vickery 387). The woman becomes a closeted person.
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