Darcy constructs a barrier between the two, which results in feelings of absolute temptation and anger. Thus, they can see each other’s love much easier than earlier in the novel. Elizabeth is portrayed as coming from a family that is inferior in rank; they inherit this stereotype through aspects of wealth, property, and marriage. On the other hand, Mr. Darcy has a social ranking of complete superiority within the society; he comes from a family that has the highest of standards among those three similar aspects of the Bennet family. In Pride and Prejudice, Austen creates a society that discriminates Elizabeth with her decision to marry Mr. Darcy.
Austen's Pride and Prejudice book shows the differences and similarities of the marriage relationships in the 18th century, through the marriage relationships of Charlotte, Lydia, Jane, and Elizabeth. Jane naturally found someone to marry, her attractive beauty and joyful character helped her easily attract Bingley to her. Young Lydia got married to Wickham, but she did not know anything about marriage yet. Elizabeth fell in love with Darcy because she realized that he is a special person. On the other hand, Charlotte married Mr. Collins because she was looking to be secure.
Although the book had more action than last time and showed the sisters getting involved in the rebellion, I found it disturbing that Dedé wanted to marry her cousin. When the text states, “Her cousin now seems to quicken something in her heart” (Alvarez 67), I was confused by Dedé love for her cousin. And when she ended up marrying Jaimito and had kids, I was ultimately disturbed. Despite this, the action in the book had picked up and it was entertaining reading about the start of the rebellion. I noticed that the girls get married at a young age.
The Pride of Prejudice, by Jane Austen written in late 1700s, she satire about how human have prejudice against social distinctions such as class, appearance, and reputation. Even now people care so much about social distinctions, which Jane see threw and pointed out hundred years ago from now. Especially when people have too much pride of them self, they have prejudice on person who is not in better environment than them and look under them. Jane Austen illustrated social distinctions through relationship between Mr. Darcy and Elizabeth Bennet. Mr. Bennet’s pride leads him to have prejudice of her even though he loves her.
Like Jane and Bingley 's marriage, Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy 's was also based on love. Elizabeth ' character was very intellectual, and friendly, however Mr. Darcy 's was antisocial, he also had a strong sense of pride (opposites do attract). In the beginning of the novel, Elizabeth did not like Mr. Darcy that much, and he also shared the same feelings. She thought he was an arrogant and rude man, while he thought she was "tolerable". But as we proceed reading, we could see that he slowly starts to fall in love with her, and how he would give up his status and reputation to marry her.
Edward Rochester is a talented man; what he lacks in beauty he makes up for in other areas. Jane describes Rochester’s appearance as having “stern features and a heavy brow; his eyes and eyebrows looked ireful and thwarted” (Bronte 214). Even though Jane is no beauty herself, she still critiques others appearance, but she does not judge them for it. After his bad first impression and ugliness, Rochester decides to treat Jane with the highest level of respect that she has seen in her entire life. After some light conversations, Rochester has found himself in love with Jane because of her mind.
The main goal of this novel was to bring light to many different social issues. One being that women should be and are typically frail beings, scared to voice their opinions, is completely thrown out with Austen's powerful main character Elizabeth. In writing a controversial love story, that brings together two unlikely individuals from completely diverse backgrounds and social status, shows how Austen believes that society should remove the heavy importance that social economic status weighs to each member of society. Another main message is the more obvious fact that people should marry for love and pay no mind to social status and the pride it brings. The development of Elizabeth and Darcy essentially strengthens her view points.
Jane Austen originally wanted to name the novel First Impressions before setting for Pride and Prejudice, which just goes to show that the first time they saw each other was just as important as their thoughts as well as the reputation and wealth that her admirer had. Jane Austen writes these characters with flaws that they themselves don’t realize until the very ending of the novel. But in the world of Pride and Prejudice, first impressions aren’t the only thing dividing classes, as reputation plays a major role as
Darcy proposes to Elizabeth, he allows his pride to guide him as he refers to all the obstacles which he has had to overcome in order to make himself take this step. The proposal is filled with pride as he spends more time emphasizing their different social rank than actually asking her to marry him “he was not more eloquent on the subject of tenderness than of pride”, he dwells more on how unsuitable a match she is than on complimenting her or pledging his love. Thinking highly of himself, Mr. Darcy expects Elizabeth’s answer to be favorable and he is surprised when Elizabeth rejects him. Mr. Darcy could not suppose that a woman so inferior to him would decline his offer of marriage. He is also innocent of the fact that he is proud in a negative way, and that Elizabeth disapproves of it.
Even though Charlotte was not the most beautiful woman, she found abundant success in her talents. The Victorian era placed a woman’s value in how much money and beauty she possessed. In Charlotte Bronte’s coming of age novel, Jane Eyre, outward beauty deceives as it ironically represents a true evil in oneself. The beautiful Reed family, who resides at Gateshead, has cruel hearts as they boast about their luxuries as they deny them to their “outsider” blood. Even though Mrs. Reed promised her deceased husband that she would care for Jane as if she was one of her own children, Mrs. Reed encourages everyone in the house to never hesitate to tell Jane that she is a
Many people are willing to go to the extent of lying about themselves to a man or a woman to impress them. In the novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates contrasts and similarities between Gatsby and George Wilson. They are not the type of person their partner wants to marry, Gatsby made as much money as anyone could ever want but he still lacked the class that Daisy expected and required. No matter if matter if you’re wealthy or poor, if you become someone you are not others will always find out who you really are. Gatsby and Wilson were both desperate enough to try and win over the women they loved by being someone they were not.
Realistically, a women’s main goals in life in the early 19th century is to get married and have children. Since Northanger Abbey is set in the 19th century, it is realistic image of young female instead of the common Gothic novel. A typical gothic novel is filled with danger, challenges and violence; however, Austen creates a satire of gothic novels and thus makes the storyline and characters more realistic. Such as protagonist Catherine has no special talents and achieves her goal of getting married to a wealthy man and maturing as a person during the course of her adventure. In conclusion, Northanger Abbey by Austen is a realistic coming of age novel in the 19th century.
A grim reminder that as time moves on, our values should naturally evolve to encompass an acceptance for everyone. A modern example is when Bell references misogyny and says, “devastated and disappointed that their daughter had not become the woman they raised her to be: a good girl who would marry her first boyfriend” (25). Unlike Colonial America, today’s country involves a less rigid view on women, but nonetheless still includes misogynistic ideals that need to be removed from society. For example, instead of women being expected to marry their first boyfriend, they are expected to not have many sexual partners, but still have enough sexual experience. Women are allowed more sexual freedom, but are still restricted to an imaginary line drawn by men.