Situation of Women
Posted by AnneLB on February 24, 1998 at 14:33:17:
In response to Plight of Women, written by Julie B. on February 24, 1998 at 10:17:35
] How do you think the situation of women impacted the way Jane Austen characterized her heroines? Do you think that any of her heroines were particularly rebellious against the situation of women? If so, in what ways? Or do you think her heroines just accepted their situation and went on with their lives?
One thing is for sure, Jane does poke fun at restraints that society places on her heroines. For this reason, we get many wonderful characters such as Elizabeth, and Anne Eliot. Her rebellion is subtle, I think, but noticeable. By no means do I think that her heroines accepted their situation entirely, though Elizabeth makes a good case for her and her sisters' situation once Lydia has eloped with Wickham. I would say, then, that Jane's heroines expressed something that she herself wished to rebel against or did in fact disagree with.
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