Jane Austen's Criticism on the Society Based on Pride and Prejudice

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Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen:
The Author’s Criticism on the Society

During the 19th century, society was a lot different in both governmental and economic. In Pride and Prejudice, the author, Jane Austen, uses irony and satire to criticize aspects of the society. Jane Austen uses her satire to marvelously bring out the ridiculous characters. These characters symbolize her criticism on the society. Through her use of characters, she reveals her concerns towards the law, government, and each one’s own social value in the society.
Social status is an important part of the 19th century English society and the Bennet family is no different from any other family in their attempt to improve their social status or to give the impression
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In addition, Austen can successfully show her criticism towards the law. Moreover, implies her criticism on the value of a person’s social status. Mr. Collins believes so strongly in the value upon a person’s class that he is so full of “self-importance” because he has Lady Catherine, a noble woman, as his patroness. The character’s inheritance is another implied criticism of the author’s views of the society. Mr. Darcy’s inheritance of his estate and wealth is an example. By using the upper class individuals, Austen portrays the conflicts that are brought about by the entailments. Secondly, Austen criticizes the education system of the society. She uses characters in the novel to criticize the education system. The character’s knowledge and education can be easily seen through. For instance, Elizabeth is intelligent and witty yet Lydia and Mary is the exact opposite. Lydia’s elopement with Wickham shows her lack of education because a well educated individual will never consider elopement as a solution towards marriage: An express came at twelve last night, just as we were all gone to bed, from Colonel Forster to inform us that she was gone off to Scotland with one his officer… with Wickham!
Moreover, she does not consider the shame she brings to the family with her scandal and decides to elope with a handsome, young, man.

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