Analysis of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Pride and prejudice is a novel set in the late 17th Century and was
written by author Jane Austen. The novel is based upon the theme of
marriage and social settings of the 17th century. The novel is set in
an era where women where 2nd class citizens and were inferior to men.
This is ever so prevalent in the novel. In the time of which the novel
is set women were not meant to meddle in men’s affairs theses included
involving in politics, participating in financial affairs this
disabled the women to be independent.
This did not allow women to play a greater role in society, in fact
women were supposed to “bore birth and bring up and look after the
children”. This was there only role society which was dominated my
A women’s objective in life would’ve been to look for a wealthy
husband who may not have necessarily have loved her. This would enable
the women to have a secure future. The first line of Pride and
Prujudice sums this up
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession
of a good fortune must be in want of a wife”
The problems which arise in “Pride and Prejudice” are that Mr Bennet
has five daughters and no sons. This may be the reason why Mrs Bennet
is obsessed with getting her daughters married.
“A single man of large fortune; four or five thousand a year.
What a fine thing for our girls!”
Mrs Bennet always mentions the amount the possible candidate earns a
year this shows that the financial aspect is vitally important as it
ensures there daughters future security. Because Mr Bennet has only
daughters there will be inheritance given to the daughters as there
are not male but will be give to the closest relative; Mr Collins. The
women had no right on land or property, this is another reason why
marrying a wealthy man would cement their security (divorce was not an
issue because it was frowned upon).
Getting married had also its complications, I lady had to get married
quickly (by today’s standards). A woman reaching thirty would have a
very minimal chance and would die a spinster, this created pressure on
the women to find a right husband but quickly, but in most cases they
women got married purely for the reason that it would give them a
secure future. This case is evident in proposal of Charlotte Lucus as
she is 28 years of age and realizes her chances of finding a loving
husband are very minimal so therefore pounces on the chance of getting
married to Mr Collins.
“Miss Lucus perceived him from an upper window as he walked towards the
house, and instantly set out to meet him accidentally in the lane.”
Miss Lucus therefore accidentally meets up with Mr Collins so he can
propose to her and she can secure her future, because a women not
getting married was seen as act of disregard towards one’s duty.
Mr Collins proposes to Elizabeth first in the novel.
When we are firstly...