Those closest to her focus on the status of the man, such as her best friend Charlotte who accepts Mr. Collins “solely from the pure and disinterested desire of an establishment” (Austen 120). Elizabeth, however, looks at a person’s demeanor and actions as well. Dissatisfied with society and Charlotte's irrational decisions, she confesses, “the more I see of the world, the more I am dissatisfied with it; and every day confirms my belief of [...] the little dependence that can be placed on the appearance of either merit or sense” (Austen 133). Elizabeth is significantly more wary about marriage than Charlotte and her sisters, and therefore she is unwilling to accept a proposal simply because it is expected of a women. Upon first meeting Darcy, she judges him to be arrogant and conceited.
In this case, Diana has the full control in the relationship. Thus, she showed no emotions for Mr. Austen. Not all men has the control in the relationship. This is important because the short story shows matriarchy. Also throughout the short story Mr.Austen feels marginalized overall from Diana due to what she’s doing to Mr.Austen.
She identified herself as “A-Lady”. In the next novel Pride and Prejudice she signed it “By the Author of Sense and Sensibility”. By saying this Austen is implying that all women speak in one voice. This “A-Lady” stand for all of us. The phrase shows us the kindness Austen had in her heart.
How would it feel to forego all sense of conformity within a society to have relationship with a loved one? Has it ever come to mind that one could project their feelings towards another as disgust, only later to reveal them as love? In Jane Austen’s novel, Pride and Prejudice, she portrays Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy to experience this exact struggle; Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy both find a way to challenge specific reputations they are expected to uphold among their social classes, so they can ultimately be with each other. Throughout the novel Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen draws a connection among the frequent aspects of prejudice, social order, and reputation to enhance the progressive love between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy. Due to both Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy’s prejudicial personalities, the two are eventually able to notice the intense love they had for each other.
In her work Sense and Sensibility Jane Austen is closely looking at the injustice done to women, and she is especially rejecting the idea of Marriage for money rather than love. Austen also did not agree that women should depend on men for economic-financial protection, thus as not to look kindly on patriarchy and the merging of interests of the upper class and middle class. Convenience marriage was common. Women were deprived of the freedom to earn or inherit money. So marriage for them was a safety net which will save them from a life of poverty and despair; thus, women felt that the only way to achieve social fulfilment was to compete on the marriage market, where Men were the buyers; women were the sellers.
In the novel Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen uses the secondary characters such as Charlotte Lucas and George Wickham to exemplify the characteristics of the title, pride and prejudice. Charlotte Lucas, is the best friend of Elizabeth Bennet, who is one of the main characters that takes pride in herself by judging the other characters actions (Austen 16). Charlotte assists one way by showing the pride of Elizabeth by being older and therefore, less likely to have opportunities to meet a suitor. Elizabeth uses her age as a comparison to Charlotte and gives her more youth making her more attractive to men. One possible suitor for Elizabeth, asks for her hand in marriage, but gets denied and then asks Charlotte the following day (Austen 99).
As Charlotte takes her place for Elizabeth to marry Mr.Collins. She visits Lady Catherine de Bourgh and confronts her with her relationship within Mr.Darcy by replying he is a gentleman; I am a gentleman's daughter; so far we are equal." (Austen 206) She says this by saying how they are equal and have the same opportunities as him as such as the same social ranking class as
She is the reason for his conflicting desires and his urge to speed up the engagement process. When he realizes he loves Ellen and confesses his love to her and his desire to marry her instead of May, it is too late. During his marriage to May he repeatedly tries to visit Ellen and to convince her to start an affair with him. Ellen however might not be concerned about society's opinion on her, but she is concerned about other people's feelings and she does not want to be the reason for their suffering. Newland claims to like her kindness on the other side he does not understand her reasoning against the affair.
Firstly, Austen uses the narrator’s point of view to introduce some of the main themes of the novel to the reader. In the novel the narrator mostly follows Elizabeth and describes everything that Elizabeth sees and experiences (third person narrator). However, sometimes the narrator exits Elizabeth’s awareness and describes something that Elizabeth doesn’t have any knowledge of. For example the first sentence in the book is the following: "It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in posession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife" (Austen, p. 5). Here Austen starts the novel from a perspective with what Elizabeth has nothing to do with.