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Feminism Ideology In Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"

Grade 12 English multi-modal presentation on the topic of ideologies present in our chosen novel "Pride and Prejudice".

Christina Dye

on 9 September 2012

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Transcript of Feminism Ideology In Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice"

Christina Dye (JCU Keynote Speaker) Feminism Present in Jane Austen's "Pride and Prejudice" "An accomplished woman must have a thorough knowledge of music, singing, dancing and the modern languages to deserve the word; and besides all this she must possess a certain something in her air and manner of walking, the tone of her voice, her address and expressions, or the word will be but half deserved".
- Caroline Bingley An Accomplished Woman Women were uneducated, unemployed and in unhappy marriages
Educational Institutions were for upper class males who would become the head of the family
Women were taught domestic skills at home
This could include sewing, playing music, speaking a modern language and presenting themselves in public
Employment opportunities for females were scarce
The woman's role was to attract a suitable husband and to raise a family The Regency Period Jane Austen's life experiences were projected onto the novel
Many similarities can be drawn between Jane Austen's and Elizabeth Bennet's lives
Both Austen and Bennet turned down proposals from wealthy men because of superficial feelings and pressure from her family
Austen came from a large family with a lack of wealth and status Jane Austen's life vs. the life of the Bennets Elizabeth Bennet - level headed,
liberated and single Austen projects her own life onto the character
She is a vehicle for Austen's feministic ideals
"Only the deepest love will persuade me into matrimony"
She believed that you should not marry for improvement on social or financial status, superficial feelings or through pressure by others Charlotte Lucas - an undesirable marriage partner She is a "sensible, intelligent young woman"
The Lucas family have a lack of wealth and status
Elizabeth believes in marriage based on true love and respect
Charlotte believes in a marriage which can make her financially stable and moderately happy Caroline and Elizabeth - binary oppositions Caroline places enormous importance on becoming "accomplished"
Although Elizabeth is an accomplished piano player, she disregards the trivial talent
Austen views aristocratic women as superficial Thank you for listening.
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