Pride And Prejudice Feminist Analysis

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The novel Pride and Prejudice can easily be picked apart through a feminist lens. The farther into the book one goes, the more there is to critique and analyze through a feminist lens. The book is about Elizabeth Bennet and her relationship with her eventual fiance Mr. Darcy, the ups and the downs of their relationship. Elizabeth was never a woman who only craved the attention and approval of men, she was her own person with her own complex emotions. Pride and Prejudice is an intricate novel that has a great deal of feminism while stilling falling into the traditional roles of the 1700 's. Pride and Prejudice was written in 1797 about a century before traditional feminism was even a thought in peoples head.Thus women at this time were not …show more content…

Elizabeth does many things that could characterize her as a monster; she does not want to dance with Mr. Wickham (87), he refuses to accept Mr. Collins Proposal (101), and Mr. Darcy 's first proposal (181). She is doing things that are only pleasing her, and could even be inconveniencing the men. An angel is a woman who falls into traditional feminine roles, and can be seen as “innocent”, “pure”, and not “tainted by society”; she is there to please her man, and do everything in her power to make him happy, “The arts of pleasing men, in other words, are not only angelic characteristics; in more worldly terms, they are the proper acts of a lady.”In this way, Elizabeth Bennet can be characterized as an angel rather than a monster, because she does things to please Mr. Darcy and make him happy. One example is when she accepts his second marriage proposal (342), it is debated whether she actually loves him or not, so her “I do” could just be her trying to make him happy or if she actually loves him. By way of contrast, the opposite can be true about the proposal; she could’ve just accepted his second proposal because she realized that she probably couldn’t marry someone better, and Mr. Darcy had a significant amount of

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