Men and Women of the Victorian Era had very distinct roles. Women looked for values in men-duty, respectability, commercial success, etc. If the men were not married, then they were not fully successful. Keeping a woman and his family safe and cared for showed great success. The women‘s role was to marry, and then take part in the husbands interests.
How Marriage was used as a Political Tool Back in medieval times people didn’t typically get married because as a result of their undying love for one other. Marriage often came with ulterior motives. One of the main reasons people got married was because they could use marriage as a political tool. There are many ways to do this. If one is in a position of power you could use marriage as bargaining chip.
Pizan so obviously from the start of her writing, introduces how women should behave (from the perspective of a princess), so that her actions shall be beneficial to her and her husband. By talking about the finances, which is radical, Pizan degrades women in all other aspects. Degrading is used in the sense that she does not promote equality in any other way other than the financial aspect. These women could be considered early feminists if they looked for equality in other things as well not just a specific
Austen recognises the individual’s social standing as a significant distinguishing factor affecting acceptance in society through the use of tone. To be of high social class, one must have not only wealth but respectability and the family that they are born into. Emma highlights this value when she is mentoring Harriet and forces her to reject Mr Martin as a suitable husband for the woman of higher class Harriet is to become. Austen ensures Emma’s direct language and firm tone have a heavy impact on Harriet. “Dear Harriet, I give myself joy of this.
AP English Open-ended Prompt: 1987 Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen seems to challenge the traditional order of society in her time and age, where women marry not out of love but rather for wealth and an establishment of a stable household. She presents this progressive stance through the contrasting relationships of couples who had a love marriage such as, Darcy and Elizabeth as well as Jane and Bingley, as opposed to couples who did not - Mr. and Mrs. Bennett as well as Lydia and Wickham. From the very beginning of the novel, it is clear to the readers that Mr. and Mrs. Bennett do not have a very loving nor compatible relationship, despite the frequency to which she addresses him as ‘my dear’. In fact, it is evident that even
The role of women in colonial and post colonial Latin America seems to be debatable depending on whose account you are reading. European men valued propriety and modesty in their wives, but still enjoyed the sensuality of their mistresses or other sexual partners. This image also helped men divide women and their offspring by race by associating the ability to live up to this expectation with background. This idea that was pushed upon women directly created a situation that fostered feminist ideals simply because of the way in which it contradicted itself. The environment around the late 1800s and early 1900s was a changing one in which the countries of Latin America were trying to solidify themselves as independent countries without the ‘support’ of imperialist Europeans.
Gatsby fulfilled both those choices and more; thus, Daisy logically would regret her “love” for him. Fitzgerald used this love to show the criticism of social status and wealth by comparing and baiting one another, proving that love does not derive from wealth or status
Her husband's or father's social standing determined the degree of respect she commanded. Chivalry and Courtly Love: Ideal but Unreal Chivalry: a system of ideals and social codes governing the behavior of knights and gentlewomen Adoring a particular lady was seen as a means of self-improvement. Courtly love: in its ideal form, nonsexual The lady always remained pure and out of reach. The Rise of Romance Chivalry brought about an idealized attitude toward women, but it did little to improve their actual position. Chivalry did give rise to a new form of literature, the romance.
For a 21st century reader it is easy to interpret the two themes as divided as it is what we have been socialised to do, however at the time Austen was writing Pride and Prejudice, in the 18th century, it was socially conditioned that marriage and money were inextricably linked. Women were omitted from the entail system which meant they could not inherit their family’s wealth which left them vulnerable and in need of a husband. For those people who read Jane Austen’s novels for her flare of the romantic it is easy to conclude that Jane Austen championed love as being more important than money. However if this is the case, why do both Jane and Elizabeth Bennett marry suitors that are deemed to be wealthy? To explore the tension between love and money even further the main concern in the other two marriages in the novel revolve around money and fortune.