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  • Pride and Prejudice, Themes, Women
    • Presented as the inferior sex. "It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife"
      • Possession - like the men own the women, handed over to the husband from the father to take care of them.
      • in want - the women don't get a choice which is why it is so surprising when Elizabeth rejects not one but two proposals.
    • Presented as being reliant on men and they're hand in marriage - their fortune.
    • Presented as the responsibly of a man - "you must indeed go and see Mr Bingley" - we immediately see how impotent women are in this society
    • Presented as useless - "when is your next ball to be, Lizzy" - balls are their only opportunity of getting a husband.
    • Caroline Bingley is the perfect example of a typical Regency women, acting how is expected. "his faithful assistant" -poking fun at her but thus us what a women 'should' (as deemed by the society) be like.
      • Trying to secure her status and wealth by going after Darcy - it only doesn't work because he is unconventional.
    • "I expected to find a more reasonable young woman." is ones response to Elizabeth being unconventional and not fitting what a women should be like
      • READING MOTIF: unconventional that Elizabeth should like books so much but that is in fact what Darcy is drawn to.


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