undergraduate thesis
Marriage and Women in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice

Andrea Kristić (2015)
Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Metadata
TitleMarriage and Women in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
AuthorAndrea Kristić
Mentor(s)Ljubica Matek (thesis advisor)
Abstract
Pride and Prejudice is a novel written in the early nineteenth century (1813). It depicts the English society of gentry (landowners) and their habits and attitudes towards life. The very opening of the novel points to marriage as its major theme. As women were subordinated to men in the nineteenth century, they could only use marriage as their means of social validation. Because the class division is based on money, the more money one has, the higher their rank. Since women were not rightful owners of any type of material property, the only way to acquire a respectable status in the society was entering a marriage with a man of high social rank. Thus, women were often forced to marry not the man they loved but rather a man whom they found to be more “agreeable” in all other aspects. This paper relies on the examples from the novel to show how nineteenth-century women imagined their marriage and the marriage of their daughters, and what kind of a man was considered a good match. In this view, Jane Austen successfully portrays the society of the then England and contemporary anxieties connected with marriage.
Parallel title (Croatian)Brak i žene u romanu Ponos i predrasuda Jane Austen
GranterJosip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
PlaceOsijek
StateCroatia
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Philology
Anglistics
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelundergraduate
Study programmeGerman Language and Literature (double major)
Academic title abbreviationuniv. bacc. philol. germ.
Genreundergraduate thesis
Language English
Defense date2015-09-16
Parallel keywords (Croatian)women marriage nineteenth century class society Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of usehttp://rightsstatements.org/vocab/InC/1.0/
URN:NBNhttps://urn.nsk.hr/urn:nbn:hr:142:954647
CommitterBernardica Plašćak