A Commodity Or An Individual Essay

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A Commodity or an Individual In Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen confides her interpretation of the role of women in her work with the other interpretation from the women at the time. With the incorporation of Austen’s idea of the role of women throughout the diction and dialect of the book, she portrays the concept that women are treated like a commodity and seen as ‘things’ instead of individual people which creates the idea that women have an insignificant role in society. Pride and Prejudice begins with the famous sentence, “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife (Austen 5),” that goes to point out that women are mere “fortunes” to men; otherwise seen as commodities to which will help with the household chores and such. Austen states the main role of women in society at the time, which was to marry - and marry rich - to improve their social standings in life. The main goal for Mrs. Bennett was to get her daughters married before their estate was gone, and throughout the novel she tries just that – only to be opposed by Elizabeth in wanting to marry a man she will truly love. At the time of the novel, women only learned how to be ‘accomplished’ without formal education. Caroline Bingley states her ideals of being accomplished as a sign of acceptance from men, which she views an accomplished woman with “a thorough knowledge of music, singing, drawing, dancing, and the modern languages, to deserve the word; and besides all this, she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved (Austen 35).” The role of women according to Caroline Bingley is seen as a high expectation in order to receive acceptance and the title of accomplished. Elizabeth disagrees with the statement saying

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