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Pride and Prejudice & Letters to Alice
Transcript of Pride and Prejudice & Letters to Alice
uprising of women and their rights. eg, first woman ever elected for the Supreme Court.
a time of fighting out and speaking up for the values of the time. eg, nuclear weapons protest, 1982.
context involved numerous world events. eg, first woman in space, assassination attempt on pope and Ronald Ragan, Chernobyl nuclear accident, U.S bombing Lybia.
many writers wrote about world events and the feminist culture but Weldon went against this and focused on the importance of 'L' Literature. Values and Context Values and Context High value placed on marriage for financial stability and to ease the burden on parents
Lizzy questions the values of the time as Weldon does .eg, Lizzy questions why the younger girls can't be out in society until the older girls are.
Legally a man's wife was his property
if not married, women were to stay at home living with their parents as they had no inheritance or income of their own. eg, speaking of Charlotte, "marriage had always been her object; it was the only honourable provision for well-educated young women of small fortune..." Connections between the texts THE IMPORTANCE OF KNOWLEDGE:
LTA: the more "your mind retains, the more wonderful will be the star-studded canopy of experience beneath you..." Aunt Fay
P+P: the more knowledge one had, the worthier they were considered to be by those around them, "I consider myself more fitted by education... than a young lady like yourself..." Mr Collins DIDACTICISM:
LTA: when Alice informs Fay of her wanting to write a book, Fay replies, "I sincerely hope you do not find the time, for some years to come..."
P+P: presented by Austen through Lizzy's Aunt, Mrs Gardiner, instructing her, "Seriously, I would have you be on your guard." PREJUDICES:
Aunt Fay's perception of Alice - "Now, I gather, you are eighteen, you dye your hair black and green with vegetable dye... But then, sensibly, you turned to television for your window on the world."
Darcy's perception of Lizzy - "She is tolerable, but not handsome enough to tempt me; and I am in no humour at present to give consequence to young ladies who are slighted by other men." THE LETTER MEDIUM:
Both LTA and P+P include the medium of letters. Letters are a medium that are beneficial for opinions, as the response can not be immediately disregarded. This may be to demonstrate that asserting ones power was very important in the context of both texts. Value of each text in
contemporary society LATE 1800's:
women in contemporary society have more independence (can work in a broad range of jobs, may gain inheritance) - not reliant necessarily on men and marriage for financial security
value found in common themes (judgment of others, pride, importance of knowledge).
Focus on importance of literature and art of writing - dying art in today's society due to technological advancements. LTA highlights the knowledge and experience that is gained from reading that can then be used for writing.
BOTH LATE 1800's + 1980's:
class distinctions/status have always existed and continue to exist in contemporary society - microcosms are still in existence (eg. schools, workplaces). Exploration of connections enhances understanding of values and context: Listening reflection P+P: changing readers perception through protagonists, as even they are undermined after the reader begins to believe them as reliable - Jacquie
LTA and P+P: Aunt Fay views Alice as not valuing society as she goes against the conventions. This is like Lizzy as she is perceived by Bingley's sisters as not valuing society because she too rebels against conventions - Chris
LTA: Upbringing: Alice has been brought up by Enid with little value placed on writing and reading, whereas Fay sees it very valuable - Jasmin
LTA: Aunt Fay encourages Alice to write saying if Austen can have such an impact and continue to influence society today, as can Alice for years to come - Zac
P+P: The ironic and contradictory elements that arise from Pride and Prejudice - highlighted even in the fact that Austen was a woman writing a novel in the late 1800's context - Mel The instructional nature (didacticism) of the texts allow the reader to gain an understanding of societies expectations and values in each context. The expectations of Alice in her social context, parrallel Mrs Bennet's expectations of Lizzy (and sisters) as does Aunt Fay's prejudices toward Alice parrallel Darcy's prejudices towards Lizzy. These links assist the reader in their understanding of the values and context of each text. For example, the laws and economy of England at the time (late 1800's) on the law and gentry, the reader can make connections s to the importance of the Bennet's loosing their home to Mr Collins and the importance of the girls easing their families financial burden by getting married. By exploring the links between the two texts
it is evident that both authors broke social
conventions of their time. Austen was a woman who
was not well received as it was not common of the era
to have female writers. Austen parrallels her protagonist,
Lizzy who also broke the conventions of her time (eg. she enjoyed walking rather than ladies traveling in a carraige, she enjoyed reading for knowledge which was unusual for a woman at the time).
Weldon also broke conventions of her era as she wrote of outdated expectations given the feminism and world events at the time. Therefore Weldon mirrors Austen by going outside of expectations and values of her context. The listening reflection increased my understanding as the thoughts expressed by others during the socratic were ideas i had never linked with the texts. For example, Jacquie went deep into the concept of irony in the texts suggesting that the protagonists are built up by the authors to be trusted. Then their ideas are undermined by the author suggesting that the reader should not even trust the protagonists values. Many of the ideas conveyed by others increased my understanding of the links between the two texts.