Jane Austen’s Ideal Man in Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice, has been on top of the reading lists of Jane Austen. In Austen's artistic gallery, the portrayal of women is colorful and glittering. The panoramic view of female figures in man-dominated world, and the true description of inside-track examination of womankind, attracts eternal attention. In addition, the portraits of the men are no less noteworthy. These include the complexities of Darcy's personality, the eccentric Mr. Bennet, the good natured, impressionable Mr. Bingley, the mediocre Mr. Collins, and the hypocritical Mr. Wickham. They are not some essential ornaments and their significant sense and position can't acquire its deserved illumination in the artistic structures of Austen's novel. In 19th century, marriage was dominated by material base in English society. Social relationships and economic mode determined the rule of marriage. In Austen's day, the only road for mid-class lady's happy life was to marry well. The wrong choice of mate could spell social and financial disaster. Almost every woman's ideal man was a millionaire or at least a single gentleman with a piece of estate and much money every year. However, Jane Austen brought us a fresh wind about happy marriage and her ideal man two century ago. From Austen's viewpoint, her ideal man is a single man with extraordinary understanding, integrate personality, thick material base and social status.

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... Briefly, Austen portrays lower class in Fanny Price's family situation, the middle class in Catherine Morland's humble life, while upper class in Emma Woodhouse, Elizabeth Bennet, Elinor Dashwood, and Anne Elliot. Jane Austen's novels are closely discussed by using literary criticism; one of her novels is discussed by Gao (2013) by describing the ideal man of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. He has stated that there are 387 pieces of research on this novel. ...
This research aimed at identifying the category of directive speech acts found in the utterances of six female characters of six Jane Austen’s novels (Elinor Dashwood of Sense and Sensibility, Elizabeth Bennet of Pride and Prejudice, Fanny Price of Mansfield Park, Emma Woodhouse of Emma, Anne Elliot of Persuasion, and Catherine Morland of Northanger Abbey), and explaining the hedges used in directive speech acts. The research employed a descriptive qualitative method to collect, analyze, and discuss the findings which closely related to the classification of directive speech acts of female main characters in Jane Austen’s novels and the use of hedges in directive speech acts. The findings show that directive speech acts are formed imperatively, declaratively, and interrogatively. From all existing categories of directive speech acts (ask, order, command, request, suggestion, beg, plead, pray, entreat, invite, permit, and advise), the female main characters in Jane Austen’s novels only presents ask, request, advice, and suggestion. Hedges found in directive speech acts are not only used to show hesitancy but also to present certainty (I believe, I must) of the speakers’ previous knowledge. In addition, hedges are not the only marker that may show uncertainty, because exclamation ‘well!’ and ‘oh!’, as well as the contrasting conjunction are used to pause due to the uncertain statement.
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Getting a suitable spouse has been a crucial phase in everyone's life particularly in the case of women. Some women are not privileged to choose their life partner. Many regions of the world are patriarchal because of the possessive nature of men and several other reasons. Women had to accept the match that had come to them and there was no chance of selecting a spouse. Yet, some women were firm in mind, and they tried their best to choose their partner who would treat them as his equal. The researchers of this study have highlighted how women of yesteryears and the 21st century are in pursuit of marriage. They have endeavored to establish this point by comparing the protagonists of the novels Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte of 19th century and One Indian Girl in Pursuit of Marriage by Chetan Bhagat, an Indian novelist of 21st century.
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