For instance, Lady Bracknell’s hypocritical nature is exposed when the topic of marriage is brought up. “Lady Bracknell: But I do not approve of mercenary marriages. When I married Lord Bracknell, I had no fortune of any kind. But I never dreamed for a moment of allowing that to stand in my way (Wilde 78).” She is being a hypocrite because her marriage to Lord Bracknell was mainly because of his money. In addition, Lady Bracknell encouraged Cecily to marry Algernon because of money alone, but that wasn’t enough for Jack to marry Gwendolen (Litcharts, Hypocrisy).
Similarly, Disney’s Cinderella presents a cruel and ambitious stepmother who attempts to arrange marriages for her ugly, foolish, and somewhat comical daughters. In the film, we see their miserable attempt to sing opera, (supposedly in order to appear more feminine) as the mother proudly oversees. In one of the last scenes, she desperately urges them to make the glass slipper fit, and while she doesn’t downright tell them to cut off their toes or heels as in the original (Grimm 119), the comic scene in itself seems to have a subtle layer of tragedy. While these examples prove that female ugliness in fairy tales and their adaptations corresponds to wickedness, and the latter is equivalent to ill-temper, the question of female independence still
In fact, it is entirely random whether or not the couple will be happy at all, and if the two people even like each other to begin with. In that time, marriages, much of the time, would either be pre-arranged or, even more often, have nothing to do with how much the husband and wife loved each other. If a couple got married, there was usually some kind of property or stature to go along with it. Even with all of that, Charlotte says, it doesn’t make the couple happier in any way. The husband or wife could be wealthy, very high class, or any other trait, but it still would not necessarily matter if they did not like each other in the first
Similarly, Dounya does not marry Luzhin, who could be a very easy way out of life in poverty, because she does not truly wish to marry him. The only aspect of the money that would be a factor would be what Pulcheria Raskolnikov mentioned in her letter to Raskolnikov saying “Nor has either Dounia or I breathed a word to him of the great hopes we have of his helping us to pay for your university studies; we have not spoken of it in the first place, because it will come to pass of itself, later on, and he will no doubt without wasting words offer to do it of himself, (as though he could refuse Dounia that)”-(42). The marriage would not only be based on Dounya’s own opinion, but along with Raskolnikov’s opinion, who strongly disagrees, influences Dounya’s choice of marriage. Had Raskolnikov accepted Pyotr Petrovich with glee and befriended him as he
They were confined to live false lives and have false interests to please the Victorian way of lifestyle. Women were reckoned as faultless and were believed to keep this image and reside very subtle lives, making little change in the workforce and society. Jane in the novel disagrees with many of these gender roles and thinks that she needs to be who she is and not who the society wants her to be. The traditional Victorian woman would do things because it was what she should do or because it was recommended. They didn 't convey their own beliefs if it didn 't follow the social standard.
Jane characteristically hesitates to condemn Darcy, “Do but consider in what a disgraceful light it places Mr. Darcy, to be treating his father’s favorite in such a manner. It is impossible. No man of common humanity, no man who had any value for his character, could be capable of it” (86). Austen suggests that Elizabeth's pride had prevented her from taking such advice from Jane. She also indicates that she must be less hastily judgmental like Jane before achieving her own personal happiness.
Yet Jordan’s bold and modern style is neglected, and she is regarded inferiorly. For instance Tom, a patriarchal capitalist, disagrees with the level of independence Baker has, saying of her family, “they oughtn’t to let her run around the country this way” (22). Additionally, because of Jordan’s gender, she is forgiven for things about her nature that she cannot control. Nick Carraway, the ‘impartial’ narrator of the book, blatantly evokes sexism in his observations of Baker by saying that “dishonesty in a woman is something you never blame deeply” (64). Nick suggests that Baker is valued beneath men, by receiving lenient treatment as such.
Outline Question: How does the text conform to, or deviate from, the conventions of a particular genre, and for what purpose? Source: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Points: Pride and Prejudice received much criticism by authors, such as Charlotte Bronte and Ralph Waldo Emerson, for being a mundane book with female characters that fit the cookie-cutter image of English life. Pride and Prejudice deviates from the social norms it is being accused of by showing and portraying female characters going against what was expected of them. An example being the refusal of marriage that would be financially securing for the family. Pride and Prejudice also deviates from social conventions at that time because Austen writes Pride and Prejudice as a social satire and makes humor of the traditional roles of women.
Once she expresses to her parents that she does not want to marry Paris so quickly, they call her names such as a whore, ungrateful, a curse, and fat. However, after she concedes and admits she was set straight and ready for marriage, they acted as if nothing wrong ever happened. This unstable aurora that exists within the family is enforced by Lady Capulet. In the beginning, it is Lady Capulet who ruins the father's plan of getting Juliet to fall in love with Paris. Also, she inflicts the beating of Juliet when she brings Lord Capulet into the room so Juliet can explain why she does not want to marry Paris.
Henry is not the eldest son and will not inherit the father’s profession. Austen makes the younger son “sympathetically treated, and becomes a suitable mate for the heroine.” (McMaster 120) Hence although Catherine is able to break through social construct, mobilize to the higher class, and marry Henry, Henry also does not have the highest status within the family; this again emphasizes the fact that “human worth is to be judged by standards better and more enduring than social status; but social status is always relevant.” (Mcmaster 129) While Catherine finds her identity in Northanger Abbey, in Jane Eyre Jane does not only search for her place in society, she also struggles to maintain it. From the beginning, the other characters