Jane Austen Satirises The Social Standards Of Her Time In Pride & Prejudice

2157 words - 9 pages

Explore how Jane Austen Satirises the social standards of her time in
Pride & Prejudice.

Jane Austen uses satire to show up the arrogance or vanity of her
characters and she shows the shallow nature of the social standards of
her time. It all depended on how wealthy and what rank you were in. If
you had lots of money through inheritance you were in the high rank
and were considered more superior to anyone else and these higher
ranked people looked down on people of the lower ranks.

Austen satirises wealth and rank by showing how stupid the higher rank
people were. Women had to be wealthy, so wealthy men would marry them.
The more money you had the higher you were considered in society.
Austen satirises virtues by showing how conscious the higher rank
people in society are, and how they even had to marry a woman or man
with lots of money which implies that love wasn't that important to
some people. Austen satirises all these areas of life back then to
show how pathetic people could be just to look better than everyone
else.

Jane Austen gently satirises Mrs Bennet, by showing the constant
mention of her nerves and her attempt to get all her daughters
married. Mrs Bennet is a miraculously tiresome character in the story.
Mrs Bennet got married to Mr Bennet because of her looks not because
of her brains. Mr Bennet is quite sarcastic to her; in the story when
Mrs Bennet is excited about the new occupants of Netherfield estate,
Mr Bennet doesn't really seem interested. For example "You want to
tell me, and I have no objection to hearing it." This implies that Mr
Bennet isn't very interested in what his wife has to say, and isn't
bothered about who occupies Longbourn.

Mrs Bennet is a very dramatic woman, and her objective in life in life
is to get her daughters married to someone richer, and it doesn't
bother her if they're in love are not. For example, when Mr. Collins
asks Elizabeth to marry him, Mrs Bennet wanted her to accept as Mr
Collins is quite high up in society because of his living and will
have a lot of money when he inherits Longbourn after Mr Bennet passes
away. Mr. Collins proposes marriage to Elizabeth, assuming that she
will be overjoyed, however she turns him down as gently as possible.
Mrs. Bennet, who regards a match between her daughter and Mr. Collins
as beneficial, is enraged. For example "that Lizzy shall be brought to
reason. I will speak to her about it directly. She is a very
headstrong foolish girl, and does not know her own interest; but I
will make her know it." This implies that Mrs Bennet is trying to get
Lizzy married because then they'll inherit Longbourn estate so Mrs
Bennet will have somewhere to live if Mr Bennet passes away before she
does.

Mrs Bennet didn't pay any attention to Mr Collins, she didn't realise
how foolish and idiotic he actually is, all she wanted was Elizabeth
to accept his hand in marriage so she will be well off in the future
and live in...

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