RE: Pride and Prejudice, English research help: In which ways is Elizabeth different from
- In which ways is Elizabeth different from the rest of the Bennet family? What does the contrast reveal about her character?
- Overall, do you believe Austen has a conservative or radical approach to the issue of class? Why or why not?
- Explore Austen’s portrayal of the women in the novel. In what ways does she sympathize with their plight, and in what ways is she unsympathetic?
3. Explore Austen’s portrayal of the women in the novel. In what ways does she sympathize with their plight, and in what ways is she unsympathetic?
Austen’s attitude towards women is quite complicated. Austen was trying to encourage women to believe that their own opinions were valid. In addition, contrary to the common practice that women should marry for status and wealth, we see this idea being frowned upon. Charlotte Lucas, Elizabeth’s friend, chose to marry for money rather than love and Austen portrays her as petty and weak. In contrast, Elizabeth chooses love and we see that she finds happiness without compromising her personality. Women could stay single, but only those who were very wealthy. Lady Catherine was not single, but she was alone. Her husband died leaving her with a daughter. Pride and Prejudice reflected the English society during Victorian ages. Money used to rule the world, in terms of shaping and labeling people into social classes. Appearances were really essential at the moment to establish different kinds of relationships.