Lizzy the rebel
Posted by Linden on February 24, 1998 at 23:30:42:
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?
Lizzy Bennet clearly rejects the notion that her only option is to marry a respectable and rich man, whether she likes him or not. Admittedly she's backed up by her father, so she's not alone.
Charlotte Lucas conforms to the notion, even if it means having marital relations with Mr Collins (now there's a thought to make your flesh creep).
On the other hand, some heroines seem to be perfectly content - indeed, in the case of Emma, downright complacent.
I think JA was always more concerned with the personal relationships between men and women that with anything to do with The Status Of Women.
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