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The independence of the heroines in Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (university diploma), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
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Pride and Prejudice is the most famous of Jane Austen’s novels and has been widely researched and written about in many ways. In this thesis I am going to look at the women characters and their independence in Pride and Prejudice, especially the heroine Elisabeth Bennet. Independence is related to adulthood and the ability to take things into your own hands, deciding who to marry or when to marry, where to live and how to get there to name a few things. For Elisabeth Bennet and other women in the novel, marriage suggests such a path of independence. A path away from one’s family and into a marriage with a partner of one’s choosing. Why I have chosen to write about this, is because I argue against the fact that these women need to get married in order to get independent, they are already that by showing everyone that they can make their own decisions. It is the steps that lead you in to a marriage that makes you independent, the choices you make and the steps you take in to adulthood. In this thesis I will also argue that Pride and Prejudice is a typical courtship novel where marriage is everything. That one thing every woman strives after and hopes to attain. I will be doing so by analyzing the novel to show the independence while engaging with secondary, critical studies on the novel. Katherine Sobba Green has some great views on the genre courtship as well as on the women in Pride and Prejudice in her Courtship Novel which I will use to develop my argument.

Keywords: Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, heroine, 18th- and 19th- century English literature, courtship novel, Katherine Sobba Green, independence, love, marriage.

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2018. , p. 19
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Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice, heroine, 18th- and 19th- century English literature, courtship novel, Katherine Sobba Green, independence, love, marriage
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-165859OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-165859DiVA, id: diva2:1285890
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