Topic: Treatment of Female Characters in Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, The Scarlet Letter, and The Return of the Native. Course Title : Undergraduate Research
Course code : ENGL-490
Course Teacher: Prof.Syed Anwarul Haq
Submitted By : Marufa Akther.
Batch : 37th
English novels deal with female characters in a very magnificent way. Different writers treat female characters in a differently way. In the ancient world literacy was severely limited, and the majority of those who could write were male. After 1660 there is a wide range of female representation in the literature of the era. Prose narrative emerged in the 18th century novel as dominant literary form, and with it a much more nuanced portrayal of women. Women novelists soon followed. For example, Jane Austen depicted life and society from a woman’s perspective. Women in Dickens have been seen as stereotypes: simple, strong and rebellious. In American literature, we see Nathaniel Hawthorne presents women as strong and independent (though sometimes morally repugnant). And Thomas Hardy presents the rustic but strong female
character. As Jane Austen is a productive writer and female figures seem to be the core of her
novels such as Pride and Prejudice (1813), and Sense and Sensibility (1811). The novel Pride
and Prejudice (1813) is the primary material used in this study and three female characters
including Elizabeth Bennet, Mrs Bennet and Charlotte Lucas will be chosen as research objects.
These three female characters are representative. Elizabeth Bennet is chosen for her identity as the heroine and Mrs Bennet’s for her impressive image as a traditional nagging, emotional
woman. As for Charlotte Lucas, she is out of the Bennet family and it ensures the variability of
samples. In addition, she is Elizabeth’s...