The central idea of the book discusses how, in those and many subsequent days, being single was viewed as a sign of weakness or unlovability for women. In addition, a woman would experience grave financial and social difficulties for the remainder of her unfulfilled life if she, by virtue, stayed unmarried and did not have the luxury of having her father or a father figure provide for her. A woman’s life was certain to be absolutely miserable since there was no prince charming rescuing the damsel from her distress.
This was particularly intriguing given the fact that Austen was never married and chose to live an independent life. She even turned down a marriage proposal once after accepting it the day after. I consider Austen to have proved herself to be a remarkable writer and an even more exceptional figure for the times she lived in.
Elizabeth Bennet’s narrative appears to be a conventional love tale with a happy conclusion at first glance. A deeper examination reveals that Austen’s personal commentary on women’s lives in the 19th century is multi-layered. The men in the story are power-hungry and constantly in positions of authority, and typically capitalize on their status to take advantage of the women. But it isn’t all hopeless. Her female readers are given hope when they witness resilient characters like Elizabeth advocate bravely for themselves.
Beyond the typical male-female relationships of the late 18th century, there is a deeper disparity in authority between Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy. The wealthy and gifted Darcy, who has been fed with a silver spoon all his life. As a matter of fact, he frequently prompts Elizabeth that getting married to her would demean his position in the societal pyramid. Elizabeth is exceptionally brilliant and well-versed without a doubt. But, unlike Darcy, she is never granted the authority to take measures for her own life and walk around like a free dog. Does she possess the same free will as Darcy? Unquestionably not.
Meeting a man, Mr. Darcy to be precise, who possesses the ability to offer Elizabeth more freedom by virtue of his own entitlements is her sole chance for ameliorating her quandary situation. It sounds dire, and that’s precisely how it was. And at that period in question, this was the norm for countless, if not all, women’s existences in England.
Perhaps one of the notable situations where Austen provides her female protagonist authority is when Elizabeth declines Mr. Darcy’s marriage proposal.
Because of the pleasant ending of the story, some might argue that this particular moment was futile. In response, I believe, for most of the part, I would agree with you. Of course, there is what the society would consider as a feel-good ending to this story; after all, this was 19th-century England, and Austen wanted to give Pride and Prejudice the seemingly fairytale conclusion to appeal to the general public, whom she intended to sell her novel to. So is Austen deserving of guilt for this? Is it okay to humiliate this lone 19th-century lady for desiring to work in order to sustain herself? Unequivocally not.
Ratings & Recommendations:
My Ratings for this super lovely book are ⭐⭐⭐⭐
I proudly recommend this book to all the readers out there.
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