JANE AUSTEN (principios del siglo XIX)
She is an ethical writer; she reflects how to behave in the society. She is not only addressing to women but to society. Bourgeoisie women were really closed in their lives; they had a responsibility of being good women as they were supposed to be; their labor of making a judge society.
Pride and Prejudice is not a love story, is an ethical critic to the society. She is considered one of the canonical figures of the English literature. It is interesting the way in which she introduces the society trough the parameters of the society’s private life. Her text looks towards society’s way of life and criticizes the ...view middle of the document...
Social rules must be obeyed so far, they are related to an ethical way of understanding the life.
Cada uno en la sociedad tiene que actuar con unos criterios correctos y tomar sus responsabilidades.
Those characters who carry out with their responsibilities are the good ones and the other who are irresponsible are those who make mistakes.
* Darcy and Elizabeth they lose their pride and prejudices along the story.
* Lydia a “rational” woman who knows she is limited by society so she acts exactly as she is supposed to act.
Jane Austen was very respected by the society. She was pretty well-known. A pesar de ello, Austen no podía vivir de su profesión como escritora porque en esa época no había copyright por lo que la editorial era la que se quedaba con el dinero de las ventas.
Conventions are important because they may save your life; for the authoress it does not mean that you have to agree with them, you just have to find the balance.
* Elizabeth Bennet ideal/ized. She is the ideal type of woman but at the same time it was not possible in that age to find a woman like her, so she was also idealized.
In Jane Austen novels, female characters are mostly victims of the entail (el dinero familiar pasa directamente al heredero varón más cercano. It was a law established in that age which stated that women could not access to anything; without a husband or a male protector they were literary in the street. Realmente la ley podría ser abolida con el consentimiento del propietario, el problema es que la propiedad podría fragmentarse y eso es algo que no se quería ya que no era beneficioso.
Jane Austen criticizes that women could not Access to their own property as daughters or wives of the main man because of the law of entail. She also criticizes the role of the education in that age.
The social structure is really important to understand how a family really is; in little aspects as the number of servants that a family had people could value how wealthy a family was. We find out that money plays the most important role in the society.
Economy and social life were two environments in which we can see where the characters moved through. Affection and respect did not have a place in the society.
Jane Austen was very critical towards royalty and government because there was a lot of corruption on that time. The authoress thought that aristocracy was not productive but bourgeoisie was.
* The marriage market: it is linked to that which was called “the season” (temporada de fiestas o eventos sociales en los que las jóvenes se lucían con el fin de encontrar a un buen marido). Lo único que una mujer/muchacha podía hacer en este sentido era ser racional. En ese tipo de sociedad no se tenía en cuenta al amor. Si una muchacha se esperaba demasiado a encontrar un marido al final acabaría casándose con el primero que pasara, como en el caso de Charlotte Lucas. Ella es pobre y no muy agraciada y aún encima tiene 27 años; sabe que...