How Family Education Influences Women’s Consciousness in Mansfield Park

Topics: Mansfield Park, Fanny Price, Edmund Bertram Pages: 7 (4783 words) Published: October 28, 2014
ABSTRACT Her fictions focus on women, specifically on their education, inner feelings, roles in family and society and life choices. So far, most of the researches on Mansfield Park are largely focus on the feminisms and women consciousness. And some of them focus on the female education. But there is little research on how family education influences female consciousness. Mansfield Park sets its stories in the time of early 19th century of British, in which patriarchy was pervasive. At that time, only men can go to school. Because formal educational opportunities for women were so limited, family became the major place for them to learn. In other word, the consciousness of women was almost inseparable from her family education. This thesis is divided into four parts. The first part gives a clear idea of what family education refer to in Mansfield Park. This part also illustrates in what way parents taught their kids. The family education is a one-way communication. Besides, in the Bertrams family, on the fathers side, the education is also in a strict father model.The second part about illustrates how family education influences womens idea of marriage, which includes womens motivation of marriage, womens concept of marriage and womens post marriage life. The third part shows how family education influences womens idea of independent, which includes womens concept of women, womens idea of self and womens spirit of independent. The last part talks about how family education influences womens sense of beauty. That is to say in womens mind, what kind of women is beautiful and how they judge other women. Key words family education women consciousness Mansfield Park Contents Introduction. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Part One Family Education in Mansfield Park . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Concepts of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2 Ways of Education . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Part Two How Family Education Influences Womens Ideas of Marriage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 2.1Influences on Womens Motivation of Marriage. . . . . . . . . . . . . .5 2.2Infuences on Womens Concept of Marriage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7 2.3 Influences on Womens Post Marriage Life . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .8 Part Three How Family Education Influences Womens Ideas of Independent . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9 3.1 Influence on Womens Concept of Women . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 3.2 Influence on Womens Idea of Self . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .10 3.3 Influence on Womens Spirit of Independence. . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 Part Four How Family Education Influences Womens Ideas of Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 4.1 Influence on Womens Definition of Beauty . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 4.2 Influence on Womens Judgment .. . . . . . .. . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . .12 Conclusion . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Bibliography. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Acknowledgment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .. . . . . . .. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Introduction Her fictions focus on women, specifically on their education, inner feelings, roles in family and society and life choices. Education was a prime topic of discussion and of writing. Her stories usually only include three or four families, however, she masters to portrait women very well in such small settings. In Mansfield Park, events of the story majorly put in motion by three families the Bertrams, the Crawfords and the Prices. The consciousness of women...

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