Letters To Alice In Pride And Prejudice

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To what extent does your comparative study of Pride and Prejudice and Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen demonstrate that the conflict between an individual and society is an important universal concern? Through their respective works and texts, composers often illustrate conflict within the perspectives of both characters and responders. A close comparison of ‘Pride and Prejudice’ and ‘Letters to Alice on First Reading Jane Austen’, enables individuals to identify the disclosure of conflict as an important universal concern. Analysing the characterisation of Elizabeth and the didactic tone used by Weldon, conflict between an individual and society is revealed through the restrictions of marriage, rigidity of gender roles and shifting…show more content…
During the Regency period, marriage was considered a necessity in elevating status for women and thus, a conflict between one’s individual desires and necessities became apparent. In the quote “Happiness in marriage is entirely a matter of chance” the use of high modality illustrates the pragmatic approach woman took to marriage, the desire of happiness considered as a mere fortuitous prospect. Disregarding one’s affection in conflict of needing security within marriage is further presented in “A single man of large fortune, four or five thousand a year. What a fine thing for our girls!” as the exclamation and delighted tone portrayed exemplifies utilitarian purposes in seeking marriage. Weldon reinforces the practical value governing marriages in Austen’s context in the quote “women lived well by their husbands favour”, expressed through a condescending tone. This creates emphasis on the large dependency women held to their male counterparts, further highlighting the difficulty women faced within their marriages. However, in delving into the notion of marriage in ‘Letters to Alice’, an apparent progression in changing perspectives and ideals is exhibited, when Weldon comments “I took the broad and

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