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Gender roles in Pride and Prejudice
Transcript of Gender roles in Pride and Prejudice
both men and women
in Austen's Times
in Austen's times
A Closer Look At the Characters
Elizabeth, Jane, and Charlotte
in reading the text
Elizabeth/Charlotte & Mr. Darcy/Mr. Collins
Elizabeth represents Austen's view of how women should be, whereas Charlotte represents the image of how women actually are.
Mr. Darcy represents what love actually is, but being too prideful and prejudice can get in the way of this. Austen wants the reader to see what love looks like, whereas Mr. Collins is the typical image of what are like.
Happiness vs. Family Obligation
The key passages we're going to be taking a look at it will pages 73-76 as well as 82-86.
Love is not a priority in marriage
One is obligated to take on marriage in order to no longer be a burden to the family.
Men and Women's roles in
Pride and Prejudice
Divided into upper-working class, lower-working class, and underclass
Were strictly meant to marry and serve their husband
Owned by their father and then by their husband
If not married, they were ridiculed
Women were given no voice, no say, and no word
Superior over women
The main voice of the family and received the best education
Expected to provide for their family
Marriage was also included and key
Breadwinners, leaders, soldiers, and settlers
Elizabeth: Strong, independent, voices her opinion, prideful, smart, rational, and logical
"It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife...this truth is so well fixed in the minds of the surrounding families, that he is considered as the rightful property of some one or other of their daughters." (Austen 3)
Jane: reserved, gentle, follows expectations
"You never see fault in anybody. All the world are good and agreeable in your eyes. I never heard you speak ill of a human being in my life" (10).
Charlotte: follows expectations, concerned about finding a suitable home and husband, doesn't believe in love like Elizabeth
"...marriage had always been her object; it was the only honorable provision for well-educated you women of small fortune..." (83).
Mr. Darcy, Mr. Bingley, and Mr. Collins
Mr. Darcy: stiff, quite, prideful, prejudice, higher class
"...but Darcy was clever. He was at the same time haughty, reserved, and fastidious, and his manners, though well bred, were not inviting" (12).
Mr. Bingley: sweet, charming, inviting, shy
"...Bingley was endeared to Darcy by the easiness, openness, ductility of his temper, though no disposition could offer a great contrast to his own, and though with his own he never appeared dissatisfied" (12).
Mr. Collins: pompous, snobbish, entitled
"'My reasons for marrying are, first, that I think it a right thing for every clergyman in easy circumstances (like myself) to set the example of matrimony in his parish" (72).
The novel poses some challenges/difficulties for the contemporary reader. What are they? Why? How might we overcome them?
What is Austen saying about women through creating Elizabeth, Jane, and Charlotte?
What is Austen saying about men through Mr. Darcy, Mr. Collins, and Mr. Bingley?
Why is it significant that Mr. Bennet removes himself from the situation? What does it say about his marriage views?
Why does Elizabeth feel disappointed in Charlotte? What is Charlotte's reasoning?
How might Austen be educating us on not only her personal views by society's views on men and women's roles?