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Pride and Prejudice

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Isabella Allen

Major characters can find themselves in collision with forces beyond there control, and in many cases their responses to the collision can be described as morally questionable

Authors often place characters in situations that provoke them to react in a way which could be considered as morally questionable, however these situations are often more complicated than they appear. Characters often collide with forces beyond their control, which can result in the reader morally questioning their reactions. In Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice we come in contact with many woman who are affected by these forces and are powerless against them which can cause them to react in a way, which could be perceived as morally questionable. This highlights to the reader the importance of ones own choices and the way that you chose to react to a situation can effect your life and how others in society perceive you

Elizabeth Benet is the female protagonist in the novel and is generally seen by others to have “something more of quickness than her sisters.” Like all females in the Regency era Elizabeth is expected to marry for security, money and social status rather than for love, during this time period this notion seemed ridiculous and time-wasting, as Charlotte Lucas points out “it is better to know as little as possible of the defects of the person with whom you are to pass your life.” This highlights that women in the Regency era were in such a vulnerable situation that they would simply bow down to the forces that they collide with so that they simply can have “a comfortable home; and considering Mr Collins's character, connection, and situation in life.” This submissive behaviour, although common in the regency era provokes the reader into wondering if it is morally correct to purposefully put yourself in an unhappy situation just to appear normal in society.

Social status also played a large part in the novel. Where you were placed on the social...

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