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Jane Austen’s portrayal of women
Jane Austen’s novels give us a glimpse of the world of women in quiet rural society in early-19th-Century Britain. Her novels make the readers think about the social norms that women had to follow—predominantly, their duty was to marry wealthy husbands who could offer them financial and social security. The very first sentence of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice states. “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of good fortune must be in want of a wife.” This observation allows us to see the behavior of the main characters that are pre-occupied with marriage and money. Jane Austen’s novels are not always shown to conform to social convention. Although her works do typify the society she lived in, the protagonist in her novels is always an independent-minded woman.