Welcome, over the weekend we will be discussing the most influential literature pieces of time. Today’s discussion will lead us back to the early 19th century, a time where women weren't treated as they are today. One of the most influential novels of that time was none other than Pride and Prejudice written by Jane Austen. Also, I am going to discuss one of her other novels Emma.
During the 19th Century women were treated similar to slaves, being controlled by men their entire lives. They were controlled originally by their father, then by their husband if they were to marry. However, it was frowned upon if a woman was to choose to remain unmarried. She would be ridiculed and pitied by the community if a woman did so. Furthermore, rights to the woman personally - that is, access to her body - were his. Not only was this assured by law, but the woman herself agreed to it verbally: written into the marriage ceremony was a vow to obey her husband, which every woman had to swear before God as well as earthly witnesses.  The English social class was divided into three categories; the upper class, middle class and lower class. The Upper Class often people with inherited wealth. It includes some of the oldest families, with many of them being titled aristocrats. The Middle Class was the majority of the population of Britain. They include industrialists, professionals, business people and shop owners. Lower or Working Class people who are agricultural, mine and factory workers were in this class. There were no difference in a woman's power, it was all equal, and the only major difference was in their daily lives. 
Pride and Prejudice is a novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. The story follows the main character Elizabeth Bennet as she deals with issues of social manners, social expectations, morality, education, gentility and marriage in the society of the landed gentry of early 19th-century England. Elizabeth is the second of five daughters of a...
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