Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Comparing Male Dominance in Pride and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Em
Support of Male Dominance in Jane Austens self-esteem and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma While there is no shortage of male opinions concerning the role of females, which usually approve of male dominance, there is a lack of women expressing views on their strained subservience to men. This past subordination is the very reason there were so few females who plainly spoke out against their position, and the search for females expressing the desire for license necessarily extends to the few historical works by women that do exist. Jane Austen is a well-known female author, and it is natural that her novels would be studied in an set out to find a covert womens rightist voice. However, though certain feminist elements may exist, one common theme found throughout the novels experience and Prejudice, Mansfield Park, and Emma, makes it impossible to label these works as completely supporting feminism. The motif that women should not be allowed to have originator, should be c ontrolled by men, and that males should use their power to the fullest extent is inescapable. This idea is raised repeatedly throughout these novels. One cheek of this theme expresses the belief that women should not have power since it causes women to corrupt themselves and terms those around them. In Pride and Prejudice, Mrs. Bennet and Lady Catherine are blossom examples of why women should not be allowed to have control. Though she is not the chief of the household, Mrs. Bennet does have control because her husband would rather watch than participate in the family. This is shown when Mrs. Bennet was embarrassing the family by her transparent attempt to legislate Jane and Mr. Bingley more time together after every one else had left field the ball, and Mr. Bennet did not try to c... ...rests of women are served by being controlled and further the full use of male authority. Though this idea is supported by the characters of her imagination and has no basis in reality, it d oes further advocate the gray power system. Whether Jane Austen was conscience of this theme is unknown, but even if she did not opine for it to occur, it is no less real. Works CitedAusten, Jane. Pride and Prejudice. Norton Critical 3rd edition, ed. Donald greyness New York and capital of the United Kingdom Norton, 2001.Austen, Jane. Emma. Norton Critical 3rd edition, ed. Donald Gray New York and London Norton, 2001.Austen, Jane. Mansfield Park. Norton Critical 3rd edition, ed. Donald Gray New York and London Norton, 2001.Trilling, Lionel. Mansfield Park. Jane Austen A Collection of Critical Essays. Ian Watt, ed. Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey Prentice Hall, 1963.