Mrs. Bennet Is Not Foolish Essay

1520 WordsMay 17, 20137 Pages
Mrs. Bennet is not foolish The mother, Mrs. Bennet in Jane's Austen Pride and Prejudice the character that was criticized by many critics is not foolish. I disagree with many others about her character and in the coming lines I will prove that she was not foolish as many had believed, but she was a realistic mother, loving and caring for the future of her five daughters. There are three main subjects I will discus, before I drop by to Mrs. Bennet, the first is the situation of women at Jane's Austin time, the nineteenth century, second subject is the financial and economic situation of the Bennet's family, and finally the role of the father Mr. Bennet. we must have a clear vision at the British society at the nineteenth century and to understand the status of women at that time, how they lived, their rights, duties, and their available options. Jane Austen at the beginning of her novel criticized the society at her time with the use of irony in the following words "IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife" But to understand these words better according to realty of the British society in the nineteenth century, I will manipulate the words order and it will become as follow" IT is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single woman must be in want of a husband in possession of a good fortune Women of the mid-19th century had no many choices. Most lived in a state little better than slavery. They had to obey men, because in most cases men held all the resources and women had no independent means of subsistence. A wealthy widow or spinster was a lucky exception. A woman who remained single would attract social disapproval and pity. To remain single was thought a disgrace, and at thirty an unmarried woman was called an old maid. After their parents died, what could they do, where
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