In Pride and Prejudice, Austen creates a society that discriminates Elizabeth with her decision to eventually marry Mr. Darcy. Specifically, this is seen through Lady Catherine de Bourgh, Mr. Darcy’s aunt, as she states to Elizabeth: “You have no regard, then, for the honour and credit of my nephew! Unfeeling, selfish girl! Do you not consider that a connection with you must disgrace him in the eyes of everybody?” (Austen
Collins that she is not the type to reject the first proposal and accept the second but does exactly this when Darcy proposes a second time, convincing herself that Darcy has ‘’no improper pride. He is perfectly amiable.’’ The departure of the militia from Meryton which was expected to put an end to Lydia's flirtations, brings about her elopement and ironically, this is what brings Elizabeth and Darcy together. Lady Catherine, attempting to prevent their marriage only succeeds in hastening it as Elizabeth states; ‘’he is a gentleman, I am a gentleman’s daughter, so far we are equal’’. • The use of irony in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice; Theresa Weisensee- • To conclude, the irony of Jane Austin is not grounded in bitterness but it is rather directed towards enriching comedy. She manages to bring adult perceptions while at the same time, she is capable of exposing the hypocrisy and pretentiousness of contemporary English society.
However, Jane Austen’s Persuasion is the story of Anne Elliot’s coming of age; when she frees herself from the expectations of society and subsequent pressure from her family, Lady Russell and herself. Persuasion is a reflection of the influence within each person to rise above the conflict of values as Anne must. Anne’s relationship with Captain Wentworth only furthers her connection to her values, therefore she is not hindered by the coincidence of her engagement and her freedom. Austen is not painting persuasion as a power that keeps individuals from their happiness; but rather, she is using it as a motivating factor towards that happiness. Anne Elliot proves that the individual is in charge of its own happiness, that all other factors are obsolete, through her friendships, her firm stance in morality, and her triumph of self-doubt.
In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen uses her wit to attract readers deeply. Different from other authors, Austen portrays characters vividly and every character’s personality is distinct from each other. We also can find humor everywhere in Pride and Prejudice that Austen expresses through conversations between characters. The dialogue always makes readers smile knowingly because it reminds us the social issues behind the words. In addition, Austen uses a variety of ironies to express her own view on characters, both in her book and in her society.
It is evident from reading Austen’s novel; Pride and Prejudice, that she possess a certain sense of empathy towards the female population and the roles they played in society. From the way in which the narrator speaks of the different female characters and how the female characters interact and develop throughout the plot, the women in this novel convey Austen’s distaste for the position women had in society during that period of time. In this essay I will discuss how the female characters view women and their roles in society and how they discuss topics such as; marriage, the ways in which a “proper” lady should behave, the roles of women in the family and finally how Elizabeth Bennet, the heroine in this story, portrays Austen’s subtle notion of rebellion towards these social constructs to which these women are tied to.
In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen used personal experiences throughout the traditional 19th century to shape the viewpoints evident in both Charlotte and Elizabeth on love and marriage and use their opinions as social criticism. Much like the traditional views of the 19th century, Charlotte Lucas believed that marriage was based solely on security and not on true love. She believed, “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance. If the dispositions of the parties are ever so well known to each other, or even so familiar beforehand, it does not advance their felicity in the least. They always continue to grow sufficiently unlike afterward to have their share of vexation; and it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life” (Austen 30).
It is common knowledge that first impressions often last even after an individual has been acquainted with said person for a long period of time (Austin 2015). Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, portrays a reoccurring sense of preconceived perceptions of various characters throughout the story, resulting in many misunderstandings among relationships between them. The main character, Elizabeth Bennet, mistakenly judges Fitzwilliam Darcy and George Wickham based on her prejudice and inaccurate conceptions. Darcy also misjudges and wrongly perceives one of the key characters, Elizabeth as an inferior rather than an equal, due to his arrogance and vanity. Hence, the fixed notions depicted in the beginning of the novel, mainly by Elizabeth and Darcy, influence the various relationships between characters prompting the progression of the storyline.
Charlotte married the man who Elizabeth rejected because wealth and security her objective. Whereas, Elizabeth married Darcy because she fell in love with him, Elizabeth gaining all the wealth and security Charlotte wanted, even though she was not looking for it. Austen did a great job in introducing more than one perspective of relationships. All things considered, ideal and practical relationships were demonstrated clearly throughout the novel with great contrast
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.
Also, England favored men and provided them with the opportunity to be educated, and women on the other hand, were expected to be docile and subservient. Men wanted their wives to be “angels of the house”. They were required to maintain a respectable position in the society. Therefore, Pride and Prejudice takes place in a society and in a historical moment that defined women’s roles and their abilities narrowly. The novel is unparalleled at luring the readers into the fantasy world- a world where men like Mr. Darcy of a good fortune round everywhere, in possession of a noble home and a lady- like wife.