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Jane and Elizabeth Bennet: female characters of contemporary society
2005 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

The purpose with this essay is to show that there is a link between the new feminist ideas presented in Mary Wollstonecraft´s text "A Vindication of the rights of women" and the character of Elizabeth Bennet. At the same time it will attempt to show that the prevailing standards of contemporary society have influenced the character of Jane Bennet and in this context Hannah More´s text "Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education" is used. The intension is first and formost to present a link between the mentioned writers and Elizabeth and Jane Bennet, and also to exemplify their differences due to their sources of influence. In order to study these links and differences, the essay focuses on two English female writers of 18th century society. The radical feminist Mary Wollstonecraft and the evangelical writer Hannah More. Mary Wollstonecraft, professional writer and member of radical intellectual circles in London, and well-known today as one of the first modern English feminists. Hannah More´s "Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education" is used when it comes to Jane Bennet, since she was dominant in setting the moral standards for young women from the middle class. More is the ideological opposite of Wollstonecraft and a brief comparison of More with Wollstonecraft provides a useful context when comparing the characters of Jane and Elizabeth Bennet. To make a comparison possible a selection of five events from "Pride and Prejudice" is used. The differences in character are mostly exemplified through conversation where the juxtaposed forces of female representation are obvious.

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Keyword [en]
Humanities Theology, English literature, female writers, feminist writers
Keyword [sv]
Humaniora, Teologi
URN: urn:nbn:se:ltu:diva-42020ISRN: LTU-CUPP--05/026--SELocal ID: 017a6ea5-6bb0-4687-abce-7e73bf88507eOAI: diva2:1015236
Subject / course
Student thesis, at least 15 credits
Educational program
English, bachelor's level
Validerat; 20101217 (root)Available from: 2016-10-04 Created: 2016-10-04Bibliographically approved

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