“Why did women win the vote?” Woman’s roles and statues were affected by Victorians view of women. They thought that women weren’t capable to do much and were constricted to very little. They had very little choice of what they wanted to do like choosing who they wanted to marry, what they wanted to do with the things (like money) they inherited and they couldn’t do much either like getting a full education, get equal pay, own property and couldn’t sue her husband as he owned her. Women’s roles were affected by Victorian views of women as their role was to look after the children, the family, and the home. Women were viewed as men’s property so they had to do whatever the husband wanted them to do.
The setting is very important in the elaboration of this specific fictional text. The time and space we are dealing with are much relevant for creating the perfect background for a heroine like Jane to live in. Culturally speaking, Gothic novels were in evidence at the late 18th and early 19th centuries. It involved a lot of stereotypes, fantastic elements, and melodrama. Yet, although some critics define Jane Eyre as a Gothic piece of literature, it is true that it ruptured several aspects to create something quite new, including characterization points that will be discussed further.
Even though in today's society having a job of educating young children is renowned and eminent, being a governess in the 19thcentury was considered lowly and was viewed as an underpaid servant asked to tutor children. With Jane's bold character, one would not expect her to have a job a civilization of people looked down upon. Jane limited by the inferiority of such a job only extended the idea of feminism. She was not granted equal rights compared to all the other men like Rochester. Though she did not deserve such a discriminating job, it was her only option to make a name for herself in the world.
Morals and values however can also be affected greatly by circumstance. In desperation a person will do something that they would never normally have considered. The pressures that are put on people in this way are present in both Yann Martel’s ‘Life of Pi’ and Dickens’ ‘Great Expectations’. ‘Life of Pi’, which is set in 1970’s India, is a novel set in a time where social pressures were high. Under the ruling of Indira Gandhi, India was at war with Pakistan.
Haffar 1 Nadine Haffar Mr Marsh ENG4U 10 December Love vs Money in Marriage Marriage in the early 19th century was not usually something derived from love or need for emotional support, but more so by the weight of a man’s wallet and the need for financial relief. The need to marry in order to secure comfortable living is demonstrated in the opening sentence of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice when the narrator states: “It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife.” During a time where it was socially unacceptable for women to be working and to provide income for their family, was there still hope for love in marriage? Throughout the novel, the protagonist, Elizabeth Bennet goes against social beliefs in order to follow her heart and marry for love. Within the story of Pride and Prejudice, Austen effectively uses character development in order to identify that in marriage, love always conquers all. Evidence of this development can be found through character dialogue, the relationship between Elizabeth and Darcy, as well as the comparison of other couples in the story.
This could be linked to the Marxist idea that would believe that Celie’s circumstances with her father and lack of education is a result of the class she is in, Marxists would believe that her oppression is down to the class she was born into. The oppression between the proletariat and the bourgeoisie could also be linked in with the relationships between men and women within the novel The Colour Purple was made into a film in 1985 with many famous actors and actresses playing the characters, this is an interesting adaptation of the 1982 novel though some critics felt that the director choice of Steven Spielberg was poor for such a complex drama and that the film left out important aspects of the novel, such as the theme of lesbianism. "Well, next time you come you can look at her. She ugly. Don't even look like she kin to Nettie.
It seems as if women are plentiful and men are rare. The man has freedom and the option to choose any girl that he wants, while the women are desperate and fight for whichever man they can get. Jane Austen points this out and shows how dependent the woman is on a man in her English society. This dependence is viewed as a necessary part of upper class England by most and was not criticized. If Jane Austen had written a book simply about English society, these sentiments would not have showed up.
Throughout early history, girls received very few educational opportunities, in society learning was secondary. The idea of a female attending school, especially higher education was backlashes with hostile attitudes (Women in America). Men are viewed themselves as not only superior, but also smarter. From the 17th-19th centuries, women's brains were thought to be smaller than those of men, which is why people thought that women could not learn courses such as science of math. Emma Willard opened a seminary for girls, in Troy, New York, in 1821.
Their characters are similar in that they are both in love with wealthy young gentlemen of fortune and high circumstances, but their own fortune is of a lower class. The Bennet’s have no son in the family, thus the inheritance is passed onto a male relative, leaving the Bennets’ desolate and poor. The Dashwood’s also have no son in the family, but were left with a broken promise and a greedy woman kicking them out of their own home. The two female protagonist are unsure of their feelings for the young gentlemen: Elizabeth cynical towards true love and Elinor cautious of her feelings for another when it might impact her family. Their contrast occurs as Elinor is willing to undergo
The Invisible Cage Pride and Prejudice In the nineteenth century society, the options of choosing husbands for unmarried women are limited due to the reason that the society has prescribed a set of values for them. The English society associated the entrance of a woman into the public with a reprehensible loss of femininity. Jane Austen, the author of the novel Pride and Prejudice herself suffers in this era by not allowed to be acknowledged as the author for her books. In Jane Austen's book Pride and Prejudice, she depicts how young men and women behave in the society and how they set up their life and social position for their own desires. With this background, Jane tries to deliver the message that the people were restrained and they suffered by the rules set by the society such as family reputation, women’s position, and class division.