Mrs. Bennet does not put much effort into getting to know her children. The Bennet daughters mom is self centered, which explains why she treats her children the way she does. All she wants is for her daughters to marry a man who is high in the social class and is rich. Mrs. Bennet stresses over this during the whole book, causing a great impact on her daughters and a life full of drama. Mrs. Bennet married Mr. Bennet at a very young age not knowing him very well.
The author tells about how young people leave their families for a wealthy man/woman, marriage is the goal. “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.” (Austen, 5) Pride and Prejudice is a courtship between Darcy and Elizabeth; this novel is one of the most honorable love stories in the English language. In this love story they have to overcome many obstacles just as any normal couple would. Elizabeth has pride that makes her miss judge Darcy on their first time meeting, but Darcy’s prejudice which makes him misjudge Elizabeth because of her poor society standings. “I do, I do like him,” “She replied, with tears in her eyes, “I love him.
As equality and independence are crucial for Jane, she is not prepared to become his mistress and leaves Thornfield. It is not until Jane receives an inheritance from a family member, that allows her to live as an independent woman who does not have to depend on others, that she decides to return to Thornfield. When she returns to Thornfield, a lot has changed, Rochester’s wife has passed away and he is now blind after a fire. Following this scenario, Jane finally considers them as equals
Driven into her mind since birth, the public’s opinion about social classes becomes clear: the poor longed while looking up at the rich who expected honor and recognition. The constant emphasis on social class around Jane has even influenced her own way of thinking when she refused to leave Reed’s resident claiming, “poverty for me was synonymous with degradation” (30). The displeasing attitude towards poverty reveals the set mindset of many characters such as the Reed family, the servants, and teachers at Lowood. Rather than having a destitute, but loving family, she would rather have a cold-hearted, but wealthy family. As Jane exclaims this, the
Jane Eyre’s social class throughout her life was very ambiguous, never really fitting into one category, often in between levels of the social spectrum. Blanche Ingram, however, had been brought up in the upper class, through-and-through. In chapter 11, Jane moves on from being a poor teacher at Lowood Orphanage and becomes a governess. Much later on, in chapter 27-28 Jane runs away from Thornfield Hall after she find out about the devil incarnate, Bertha Mason, and is now recognized as a homeless beggar. Soon after, Jane is rescued by three women and a man, who is
Neeru Tandon and Anshul Chandra in their book Margaret Atwood argue that this novel questions and challenges the gender prejudice of male art history which condemns a woman painter to a passive character on account of her femininity (159). In “Study of Childhood Trauma”, Anna Lloyd remarks that Elaine also observes that the fathers of her childhood friends are also oppressive and violent against their families. In Cordelia’s household Elaine perceives that owing to his contempt and his habit to criticize his family, Cordelia’s father turns the house into a divided one. As soon as he is at home, the family sits down at the dinner table and everything has to be arranged. The table is perfectly laid and the family members also have to be appropriately dressed.
Myrtle was a woman from the lower class who desired to be a part of the higher class. Tom spoiled Myrtle and gave her the lifestyle she always wanted. She belittles her husband and talk bad about him because he is not at the top of the social ladder where Tom is. She married George thinking he would be wealthy and powerful and his money would place her on the top of the social ladder allowing her to be
The fact that in the film St. John and Mary are not her relatives has a strong repercussion on how we interpret the sequences. Always in search of somewhere to belong to, she finally finds not just a spiritual family in the person of her friends, but also a real family, one she never knew she had. At Marsh End, she finds solace, a purpose, and, most importantly, she gains her long desired autonomy and independence (in the form of the wealth she inherits and also as her working as a teacher), no longing having to depend on anyone for sustenance. From Rochester’s intellectual equal, she becomes also his social
Stepping outside the social norms makes her vulnerable to criticism by the society and family. This reputation theme starts in the novel when Elizabeth goes to Netherfield with muddy skirts and this is the shock of the reputation to Miss Bingley and her friends. The ridiculous and strange behavior of Mrs. Bennet gives her a bad repute within the Darcys and Bingleys. According to author reputation is a very serious matter when Lydia lives with Wickham out of wedlock. The theme of class is presented by reflecting the pattern of life for the upper and middle classes in Regency England.
Jane Eyre, on the other hand, is confronted with mother-like figures everywhere, although she is not accepted by her relatives. At Gateshead, Bessie is the only person who takes care of Jane when everyone else despises her. When she is put into the red room, Bessie is the only person who comes and talks to her. At Lowood, her teacher Miss Temple saves the children from the bad conditions at the school and becomes a good friend to Jane. While Mr Brocklehurst judges Jane for no reason, Miss Temple defends her and she is the only one who wants to learn the truth about Jane’s actions before judging her.