Comparing Pride And Prejudice And Fay Weldon's Letters To Alice

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How does your reading of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice further your understanding of their common aims? Literature is shown to have had an enduring power in terms of its ability to transcend contexts and boundaries due to the issues and values that are central to it, relevant and universal in its influence, expansive in its diversity throughout time. This is demonstrated through the literal connections and the common grounds in which composers find despite the shifts in thematic concerns and societal values over time. This is evident in Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Fay Weldon’s Letters to Alice, in which , both effectively explore and mould the reader’s perception within their varying contexts…show more content…
As such, Weldon through her didactic essay disguised in epistolary form places emphasis on the difficulties of marriage for women in Austen’s context, especially legal powerlessness and dangers of childbirth through her cumulative listing of facts: ‘…you could not sue… he could beat you, if he saw fit’ and ‘the mother was the one to go’. She also suggests that women in the Georgian context were marginalised to the point that marriage was considered a great prize since there was no other choice: ‘women were born poor and stayed poor’, further highlighted through Weldon’s sympathetic reshaping of Mrs Bennet who originally a figure of ridicule, is emphasized to be in fact a reflection of the desperation of women for economic security, therefore Weldon highlights ‘it was the stuff of their life, their very existence. No wonder Mrs Bennet, driven half mad with anxiety… made a fool of herself in public’, a New Historicist approach that redefines Austen’s characters through the historical context. In doing this, Weldon essentially fills in the gaps and silences within Pride and Prejudice, highlighting for the modern audience how Elizabeth was in fact a radical hero because women of this time were so
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