Social Class and Class Structure

Topics: Social class, Nobility, Manners Pages: 2 (557 words) Published: May 23, 2013
Does the story challenge or defend the status of class structure in the early nineteenth century British society and how? I think the some parts of the story defend the status of class structure in the nineteenth British society, but some other parts challenge the status of class structure. Some plots about Sir Walter, Lady Russell, Elizabeth, Mary and Mr. Elliot are defend the class structure. Sir Walter is vain, pretentious baronet. He has strong desire to maintain his status, which means he regards his class status as a very important part of his life. He looks down upon the naval officer; actually, I think he disdains all the people who are not as rich and high-profile as him. So when a sir tells him that one naval officer want to rent his Kellynch’s house, he is very angry. He says naval men are ignoble and ugly. Another example is Captain Wentworth comes to the concert, Sir Walter says Captain Wentworth is nobody. And Lady Russell says in amazement:“What on earth he doing in Bath?” It sounds that Captain shouldn’t be their noble people’s place. These two examples show how these noble men’s arrogance. So Sir Walter persuades Anne not to marry Captain Wentworth who is poor and humble, he thinks that Captain Wentworth doesn’t deserve Anne. Lady Russell holds the same idea with Sir Walter. They deeply believe Anne should a man who is rich, so when Mr. Elliot shows his love to Anne, Lady Russell tries to persuade Anne to marry Mr. Elliot. About Mr. Elliot, he is rich man but greedy. In order to inherit Sir Walter’s noble title, he wants to marry Elizabeth at first. By the way, he is love Anne. He is a traditional man; he defends the status of class structure. Elizabeth and Mary, they were deeply influenced by their farther, they are snobbish and silly. I think this people’s behaviors reflect the people’s life in that time. But the story about Anne and Captain Wentworth challenge the status of class structure. In those high-profile...
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