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Quiet Resistance in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel: An Examination of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Charlotte Brontё's Jane Eyre

Murphy, Elisabeth (2020) Quiet Resistance in the Nineteenth-Century British Novel: An Examination of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice and Charlotte Brontё's Jane Eyre. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

In both Jane Austen’s and Charlotte Brontё’s novels, women are faced with the choice of resisting or complying with the dominant ideology of the nineteenth century. Austen chooses to focus on the conduct books used to shape women’s behavior and how they affect a woman’s education, marriage, and social class. Brontё, in turn, critiques the social apparatuses of the patriarchal family, education, and religion. Each author chooses to question different aspects of the patriarchal society in which they live, and by looking at each novel side-by-side, a quiet resistance can be seen. This thesis aims to demonstrate how each author showcases quiet acts of resistance in the nineteenth century. In Austen’s novel, this comes in the form of a quality education, allowing for equality between men and women. In Brontё’s novel, this comes in the form of rejecting ideological state apparatuses and finding alternatives, as seen through the character Jane.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Elisabeth Murphy
Date Deposited: 28 Sep 2020 14:21
Last Modified: 28 Sep 2020 14:21
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/587

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