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The Social Context for Pride and Prejudice

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Resources to help your understanding of what life was like in the time and place in which the novel is set

Social Customs During The Regency Era - Pride and Prejudice. Education of Upper-Class Women in Regency Era- Pride and Prejudice. By Kristin Perkins (appearing as Caroline Bingley in BYU’s Pride and Prejudice) A Changing Educational Belief System: In many ways the early 19th century was a time of changing values in education particularly for women.

Education of Upper-Class Women in Regency Era- Pride and Prejudice

There were four distinct traditions of women’s education during the Regency period which can be categorized (roughly) as old and new: (Old) The girl’s school that taught decorum and accomplishments like the one the Bingley sisters attended. The students were generally not of the first circles. This painting (by Jean Simeon Chardin) shows a Governess and her pupil; one of the most popular types of education for the wealthy. By the late 18th century (when the characters of Pride and Prejudice were in their early years of schooling), elements of both of the new schools of educational thought often included by the better families in their daughters’ home schooling, and an academic (read: traditionally male) education was not seen as a detriment for young women.

Works Cited. Time Period and Culture of Pride and Prejudice. Since one of Austen's favorite themes was satire on the time period in which she lived, it is important to have an understanding of some of the customs, achievements, social expectations, and manners of the Regency period.

Time Period and Culture of Pride and Prejudice

The Regency period lasted from 1811 until 1820, the time during which Jane Austen's novels were published, and so it is the period assigned to her writings. This period directly preceded the Victorian period, and it is similar in many ways, but it does have some unique characteristics that should not be ignored. The British Empire had lost the United States, but was not quite ready to accept this loss. The result was the War of 1812, a war which resulted in yet another British defeat and no significant gains for either side.

Notes on Education, Marriage, Status of Women, etc. Go to end of notes.

Notes on Education, Marriage, Status of Women, etc.

Go to chronology. Go to charact. list. Go to Pride&Prej. motifs. Go to place list/map. Go to table of contents. Education, Women's Education, and "Accomplishments" "...her hair is done up with an elegance to do credit to any education. " -- letter of May 20 1813 List of passages in Pride and Prejudice referring to "accomplishments" or to women's education In Jane Austen's day, there was no centrally-organized system of state-supported education. Instead, "genteel" children might be educated at home by their parents, particularly when young (as the Morland children are in Northanger Abbey); or by live-in governesses (such as Miss Taylor in Emma) or tutors; or by going off to a private boarding school or to live with a tutor (as Edward Ferrars went to Mr. Regency Life - Marriage in Pride and Prejudice. Women's Legal position in Regency times Neckcloth | Georgian Marriages | A history of Pain | The Population Boom | A Regency Rose GardenLondon Clubs | Strange Occurences | Whig or Tory?

Regency Life - Marriage in Pride and Prejudice

| The Dandy Servants | Rights of women | Royal Marriage Act | E-mail me | Join the Regency Ring | Back to the Regency collection It wasn't until the end of the nineteenth century that married women had any rights over their property - either that which they owned at marriage or any which they acquired after marriage either by inheritance or by their own earnings. All property within marriage legally belonged to the husband. But this isn't surprising if you consider the attitude to marriage. Legally, therefore, prior to the Married Women's Property Act 1884 married women were classed as 'femmes covert' and a woman's personal property was transferred automatically to her husband on marriage; her real property came under her husband's control but remained hers for inheritance purposes. The influence of Jane Austen's social background on her novels. He is a gentleman; I am a gentleman’s daughter; so far we are equal.”

The influence of Jane Austen's social background on her novels

-Pride and Prejudice Jane Austen: The gentleman’s daughter Jane Austen and her family had their place in the gentry within the social class system in England. The gentry were the growing middle class which included the lower nobility and the “bourgeoisie” (land owning middle class).[1] The “gentry” was a wide class with people with different fortunes in it. There were some with a vast wealth and others “at the lower end of the class”.[2] According to the word gentry, the men in this class were called gentlemen.

Nevertheless, new groups of gentlemen who did not own land rose up to the “long-established and highly respectable class”.[4]In the first place these were the businessmen, but also Anglican clergymen and army and navy officers.[5] Behaviour was deemed to be a component of everyone`s personality. Fellow human beings rated the manners of others, so it was very important to use the right manners. Mr. Mr. . [2] cf. Bitesize: Jane Austen.