Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen Book Review

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Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice

Background and History

To set the stage for the writing of this research paper, it is essential to give a little experience of the period in which Jane Austen wrote. The novel took place in the early 1800s when women were more like property than living, breathing beings. Women had no rights during this time which meant they could not own property or accumulate wealth. They could not work or vote, and they had to follow the social graces. They were expected to have a modicum of civility and to learn etiquette, how to dance, and how to take care of a husband. Anything that they were able to acquire would come through their husbands. A girl who was wed when her father died would not inherit his fortune; instead, the husband was in line for the inheritance. This is what would have happened in the Bennet household, and this is one of the reasons that Mrs Bennet wanted to make sure that her girls were wed.

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