Theme Of Sexism In Pride And Prejudice

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Does “Pride and Prejudice” written by Jane Austen, reinforce or erode sexist stereotypes of women? The story was written in the nineteenth century, an era when men and women had a structured stereotypical role. There is no erode sexist, however, reinforce sexist is present. Women had a very specific role in society and their status was based mainly on the family’s fortune. In the case of the Bennet daughter’s, their father had a small yearly income, therefore, being less favorable to marry to a higher social class. The first paragraph in the novel, “Pride and Prejudice” it is states that (a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.) (3). Women of this period, didn’t have fortune, nor could they possess property, therefore, becoming someone’s wife would assure them a future. In the twenty-first century, society has evolved past some of these stereotypical roles, both sexes can work, own property and remain single. Women are no longer considered “old maids”, if they have chosen to remain unwed. Has society really evolved decades later? Know longer judging the sexes based on their marital status and the choices they have made? The author Jane Austen is considered a 19th century feminist, her story characters remain feminine in nature; however maintain a strong independent role model in some of her written works. The character in “Pride and Prejudice,” Elizabeth Bennet; with her modern ideas and intellect reminds us how this young lady
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