Sorry folks, I’m late today but never fear I’m getting to my post here. Today is Day 4 of the chat that J.Kaye from J.Kaye’s Book Blog and I are having. I’m not as far as I wanted to be in the novel yet but far enough to know what I wanted to talk about today.
My topic today and what I find fascinating, well really horrifying, is how women had life back in the 1800’s. Jane Austen, to me, just didn’t fit into the mold of what was acceptable back then and we can see reminders of that in her writing: for me especially in Pride & Prejudice as Lizzy seemed a fairly rebellious character for the times. I see evidence of her trying hard to find a suitable man to marry and knowing it was her duty but at the same time she wanted other things like being able to make a profession out of her writing.
There are so many reminders throughout the story of what a woman’s place was. The only hope they had then was to get married-that was a duty of a girl in the family-really her only one. If you didn’t get married then you lived with your parents and took care of them. When something happened to them you had better have had some relatives willing to support you. Of course they could become a teacher or governess-neither of which seemed appealing options back then. Young girls were brought up thinking that desirable qualities were meekness and humility. As they got older their time was filled with learning skills which would make them good wives and able to take care of lots of children.
Other instances are when Jane mentions to a possible suitor, Tom that she’d like to work-to write, he backs off immediately. Now that wasn’t the case with this gentleman but with most in that day this is exactly what would have happened. Women weren’t allowed to work or be forward and aggressive. I could just imagine their shock if they were to see our world now.
I think this is the part of the book I’m enjoying the most. Being taken back into time to the way things were back in the 1800’s with carriages and courting and the way things were in this time period. It’s interesting to read about but I wouldn’t have survived back in those days. My mouth is much too big and being forced into anything doesn’t appeal to me whatsoever. For the women of that time, this was life whether they liked it or not. They didn’t at that time have the power to change things. All I can say is thankfully that has changed.
Tomorrow is our wrap up of this novel so be sure to check out both J.Kaye’s Book Blog and here at Peeking Between the Pages. If you’ve missed any previous days, here you go…
Day 1 at J.Kaye’s Book Blog here
Day 2 here at Peeking Between the Pages
Day 3 at J.Kaye’s Book Blog here
Day 4 check it out above
Join in if you’ve read the book or if you just have a passion for all things Jane Austen.